Colorado Supreme Court Says Employers Can Fire Employees For Marijuana Use

MARIJUANA-300The Colorado Supreme Court this morning issued a decision in the case, Coats v. Dish Network, that has been of great interest to employers: an employer can terminate a worker who tests positive for marijuana despite Colorado’s legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana through ballot initiatives. “This is very good news for the many Colorado employers who insist on zero tolerance of drug use in their workforce,” said Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry President Chuck Berry, “and while the Coats case addresses the use of medical marijuana, the court’s analysis will also apply to workers who use recreational marijuana since all marijuana use remains illegal under Federal law.  This decision also will very likely reverberate across the U.S. to the other three states, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, that have approved recreational marijuana, as well as the many states that have approved medical marijuana.”

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