Reality Check on Marijuana, Human Resource Executive ft. Philip Voluck

Posted Sep 30, 2014

By Kristen B. Frasch
(September 30, 2014)

Proponents and opponents of the nationwide move to legalize marijuana, recreationally and/or medically, are keeping close eyes on the case of Coats v. Dish Network, slated to be argued before the Colorado Supreme Court today, Sept. 30.

The case revolves around disabled customer-service representative Brandon Coats, 35, who — after testing positive for marijuana — told his boss on a Friday that he smoked it primarily at night to relieve spasms he suffered as a result of a car accident that paralyzed him when he was 16. When he showed up for work the following Monday, he said in a recent New York Times article, “my card wouldn’t open up the door.” In short, he had been fired for violating Dish’s drug-free-workplace policy.

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