Is Your Workplace Prepared for Legal Marijuana?

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Christina Barbuto has Crohn’s disease, a debilitating gastrointestinal disorder. Her physician prescribed medical marijuana to treat the symptoms, as allowed by Massachusetts state law. When she interviewed for a job that required a drug test, she informed her would-be supervisor of her condition and prescription. The supervisor assured her that this would not be a problem, and she got the job. But, after her first day of work, a representative of her employer’s human resources department called her at home and fired her for failing the drug test. She sued the company for discrimination, and in July 2017 the Massachusetts…
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Court Says Okay to Fire Medical Pot User Who Fails Drug Test

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As more and more states legalize marijuana for personal or medical use, employers have grown increasingly concerned about what they can and cannot do to enforce their existing drug policies. A federal court in New Mexico has dismissed a case brought by an employee who was terminated after testing positive for marijuana, despite the worker having a medical marijuana card. The worker had claimed disability discrimination. The lawsuit is a victory for employers who maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards drug use, even if it’s not being done at work. In the case, Garcia vs. Tractor Supply Company, a new employee…
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