In one of the most highly watched marijuana cases in the country, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that companies can fire employees for smoking pot—even if it’s off-duty and despite the drug being legal in the state.

The decision poses a major setback for legalization proponents, as it sets the precedent that state marijuana laws do not override federal law that declares the drug to be illegal.

“[Under] Colorado’s ‘lawful activities statute,’ the term ‘lawful’ refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law,” the court’s opinion reads. “[E]mployees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected.”

The decision surrounds Brandon Coats, a 35-year-old quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network Corp. after testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the primary component found in marijuana.

Read more

The Emergency Election Sale is now live! Get 30% to 60% off our most popular products today!

Related Articles