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Colorado Supreme Court to review pot workplace law

Published On: Jan 27 2014 02:25:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 27 2014 02:25:25 PM CST

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Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now Colorado's Supreme Court has agreed to review a marijuana-related firing in a case that could have big implications for the state's pot smokers.

The Court agreed Monday to review the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical-marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network in 2010 after failing a drug test. The company did not allege Coats was ever impaired on the job.
Dish Network argued that medical marijuana use isn't a "lawful activity" covered by a law intended to protect cigarette smokers from being fired for legal behavior off the clock. A Colorado appeals court agreed last year.
A Supreme Court hearing date hasn't been scheduled.


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