Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing Of Medical Marijuana-Smoking Dish Employee

COLORADO: The Colorado Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower courts’ rulings to uphold the firing of an employee for using medical marijuana while not on duty.

The case involved Dish Network employee Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who smoked marijuana at home to control seizures. Coats failed a random drug test in 2010 and Dish, citing its zero-tolerance policy of drug use, fired him.

Coats sued, but lost at trial court, the Colorado Court of Appeals and now the Colorado Supreme Court, which ruled 6-0 that Dish had the right to fire him.