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Some Thoughts for Maine Employers on Marijuana Legalization

by PretiFlaherty on

If we assume that the Question 1 referendum recount does not change the outcome, Maine’s 128th Legislature will begin the process of hammering out a new statutory regime to accompany legalization in 2017. At the present...more

Marijuana in the Workplace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The recent passage of marijuana-use legislation in states around the country raises new issues for employees and employers alike. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia permit some form of "legalized" marijuana....more

Miners & Marijuana

As in other industries, mining companies must contend with employees and contractors using or being under the influence of illegal drugs in the workplace. Marijuana is one of the most prominent substances detected in drug...more

Colorado Medical Marijuana Case is Not as Far-Reaching as Expected

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Coats v. Dish Network. In a unanimous decision, the court in Coats upheld the termination of an employee who failed a random drug test...more

Recent Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana Highlights Risks Facing Employers in Connecticut Who Seek to Enforce...

As many of our clients know, we frequently train and counsel employers on the implications of Connecticut’s medical marijuana law in the workplace. Although medical marijuana use remains illegal under federal law,...more

Medical Marijuana Still “Unlawful”

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Colorado Supreme Court considered whether a state law prohibiting discrimination based on an employee’s “lawful” off-work activities applies to the employee’s use of medical marijuana as permitted under state law. Coats...more

Colorado Decision Shows Continuing Tension Between Legal Marijuana and Employer Drug Testing

Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the claim of a quadriplegic employee terminated for testing positive for marijuana. In Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, the plaintiff possessed a valid medical marijuana card issued...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Medical Marijuana User - A Trend Is Beginning for Courts to Permit Employers to...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Coats v. Dish Network, the Colorado Supreme Court held that the state’s “lawful activities” statute did not limit the right of an employer to discharge an employee for the employee’s lawful (under Colorado law) use of...more

Coats v. Dish Network, LLC: The Colorado Supreme Court Provides Added Certainty Regarding a Colorado Employee’s Use of Medical...

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision in the Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, case, confirmed what actions employers may take against employees in Colorado who use medical marijuana...more

Even in Colorado, you can be fired for off-duty drug use

Remember this one about the employee fired for legal drug use? How about this one? It seems that we have been talking more about the impact of legal marijuana use on employment since 2012, when voters in Colorado and...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing Over Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An employer did not act unlawfully when it fired a quadriplegic worker who used medical marijuana while off duty, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-0 decision. Affirming the April 2013 decision of the Colorado...more

Even In Colorado, Employees May Be Terminated for Medical Marijuana Use In Violation of Company Drug Policy

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

In Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, the Supreme Court of Colorado upheld an employer’s decision to terminate the employment of a quadriplegic employee who worked as a customer service representative and who held a state-issued...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Terminating an Employee for Marijuana Use Does Not Violate the Colorado Lawful Activities Statute

by Polsinelli on

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held that the Colorado Lawful Activity Statute does not prohibit an employer from terminating the employment of an employee for off-the-job use of medical marijuana. However, this...more

Colorado Employers Can Prohibit Employee Off-Duty Marijuana Use

by Reed Smith on

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Coats v. DISH Network, holding that the recreational use of marijuana is not a lawful activity under Colorado’s Lawful Activities Act (“Act”). The Act...more

Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Right to Discharge Medical Marijuana User Who Tested Positive in Violation of Zero Tolerance Policy

Today, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Coats v. Dish Network, No. 13SC394 (June 15, 2015). The court held that Colorado’s lawful off-duty conduct statute does not prohibit employers from...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

by Littler on

On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court provided good news to Colorado employers that prohibit employee marijuana use.  In the long-awaited decision in Coats v. Dish Network, the court ruled that medical marijuana use—which is...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing of Medical Marijuana User

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-0 decision that Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” which provides protections to employees who engage in lawful off-duty conduct, only applies to conduct that is lawful under...more

Colorado Supreme Court Ruling on Employee Marijuana Use Has National Implications

In a much anticipated decision, the Colorado Supreme Court reaffirmed an employer’s right to enforce its drug policy even against a medical marijuana user. Because the court’s decision on Coats v. Dish Network, LLC is rooted...more

Colorado Employers Handed Medical Marijuana Victory

by Fisher Phillips on

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that employers are still free to prohibit employee marijuana use in their workforces, and can still discipline and terminate employees who test...more

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