Monday, June 15, 2015

Workers can be fired for using "legal" marijuana even for medical purposes (Colorado)


Workers can be fired for using federally controlled substances off duty even if recreational or medical use of the drug is legal in the state, at least in Colorado, according to a ruling today by the Colorado Surpeme Court, New York Times story here.
   
The case involved quadriplegic Brandon Coats, who used marijuana for medical purposes, was fired from the Dish Network, which has a zero-tolerance policy on some substances, even for medical use.
   
Drug screening used to be more common, as like in the late 1980s and early 90s.  I had a drug test before joining USLICO in 1990, and had three weeks before, walked up an office staircase that had the odor of second-hand marijuana, which rarely causes a problem but conceivably could have. 

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