Legalized marijuana does not protect Colorado employees from getting fired

Just because it’s legal to smoke marijuana in Colorado doesn’t mean that you can’t get fired for failing a drug test as a result. That was the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court as they backed Dish Network in their choice of a zero-tolerance policy.

The case draw national attention because it involved Brandon Coats, a 35-year-old quadriplegic who uses the drug to prevent violent spasms. Had it been a recreational pot user, it likely wouldn’t be so closely followed. The court ruled that state statutes allowing the use of marijuana did not supersede the fact that it’s still federally illegal. This empowers employers to maintain their policies with lower risks of lawsuits.

According to the Daily Signal:

In light of today’s ruling, Dish issued a statement to press saying, “Dish is committed to its drug-free workplace policy and compliance with federal law, which does not permit the use of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.”

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