June 16, 2015 12:20 am -


Colorado’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling Monday that allows for a company to fire an employee for failing a drug test, even if the employee is legally licensed to use marijuana for medical reasons. Colorado is one of 23 states that has legalized medical marijuana. The state has also allowed recreational marijuana use. Brandon Coats was…


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8 responses to Colorado Court Rules You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana (Even Though It’s Legal)

  1. whatthe46 June 16th, 2015 at 12:44 am

    am i the only one fk’n confused? “Colorado law says employees cannot be fired for legal activities that happen outside work. Dish agreed Coats did not use marijuana on the job, but the Colorado Supreme Court found that because marijuana use is illegal under federal law, Coats’s use was not legal, and therefore not protected under Colorado law.” seriously, 2 screwdrivers i’ve had, and still, this does not make one fk’n ounce of since to me.

    • whatthe46 June 16th, 2015 at 1:08 am

      edit: with 2 screwdrivers, it should make sense to me. maybe, i’m just not that stupid.

      • Hirightnow June 16th, 2015 at 2:10 am

        Try tequila: tequila makes anything make sense!

        • whatthe46 June 16th, 2015 at 10:06 am


  2. mea_mark June 16th, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Sounds like a conflict in law between state and federal laws has created a way for businesses to legally discriminate against those that use marijuana. This sounds like a GOP wet dream, a way to legally discriminate, someone they can legally demonize, and punish, someone to beat down and oppress.

    • Bunya June 16th, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      It all makes sense now. When marijuana use first became legal in Colorado, I wondered why the GOP and the pharmaceutical companies weren’t putting up too much of a fight. This IS a GOP wet dream! They still get to discriminate, and that’s all that matters.
      That takes care of big business, but why is big pharma being silent on this? I’m sure marijuana is cutting into their hydrocodone revenue. They could lose billions if people discover weed is a better pain killer and less addictive. Something’s not right here. What do you think, Mark?

      • mea_mark June 16th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

        I think, I need to think on it some more. It could be that opportunities are just opening up and people are taking advantage of them to further their own goals. When you go off the beaten path, you never know what you might find.

  3. Super D June 17th, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I get that it is federally illegal. However Dish would have you ignore a doctors orders?
    Also can a doctor be brought up on malpractice issuing illegal prescriptions, federally?