Reality Check On Marijuana

If Coats prevails in his argument that his positive drug test should be allowed under Colorado law, employers throughout that state -- and even the country -- will have a harder time enforcing drug-free work policies.

COLORADO:  Proponents and opponents of the nationwide move to legalize marijuana, recreationally and/or medically, are keeping close eyes on the case of Coats v. Dish Network, slated to be argued before the Colorado Supreme Court tomorrow, Sept. 30.

The case revolves around disabled customer-service representative Brandon Coats, 35, who –  after testing positive for marijuana — told his boss on a Friday that he smoked it primarily at night to relieve spasms he suffered as a result of a car accident that paralyzed him when he was 16. When he showed up for work the following Monday, he said in a recent New York Times article, “my card wouldn’t open up the door.” In short, he had been fired for violating Dish’s drug-free-workplace policy.

If Coats prevails in his argument that his positive drug test should be allowed under Colorado’s 2000 law legalizing it for medicinal purposes (Colorado legalized its recreational use last year as well), employers throughout that state — and even the country — will have a harder time enforcing drug-free work policies, some legal experts say, including those representing Dish Network.

Read full article @ Human Resource Executive Online

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