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Supreme Court Says Employers Can Legally Fire Medical Marijuana User for positive Drug Test

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 1691 | 0 | 0 min read

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that an employer lawfully terminated a quadriplegic employee for his off-the-job medical marijuana use. Workers' compensation practitioners in the state have been tracking the case, Coats v. Dish Network, because they wanted to know if an employer can fire a medical-marijuana user for a positive drug test in a state that was one of the first in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Colorado law already allows employers to immediately reduce a worker's indemnity benefits by 50% if the worker tests positive for drugs, but work...

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