Published 8 years ago
Epic setback in Marijuana Legalization Movement
Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) discusses a recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court which states that you can be fired by your employer if you smoke marijuana even if it’s been legalized in your state. Cenk goes into detail about the case and discusses his objections to the ruling. Do you think your employer should be able to fire you if you smoke marijuana? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06…
“While medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, employers can still fire patients for using it — even if they aren’t impaired at work.
In a landmark decision Monday morning, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient from Colorado who was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for using the drug while at home and off-duty, was not protected under the state’s “lawful activities statute.”
“Although I’m very disappointed today, I hope that my case has brought the issue of use of medical marijuana and employment to light,” Coats said in an emailed statement. “If we’re making marijuana legal for medical purposes we need to address issues that come along with it such as employment. Hopefully views on medical marijuana –- like the ones in my specific case — will change soon.”
The arguments from both Dish’s and Coats’ attorneys centered on the question of what exactly constitutes “lawful” use of medical marijuana outside of the workplace — and how such use can be considered lawful when federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance, even though the state of Colorado has legalized its use both medically and recreationally.”*