Monday, April 5, 2010

Medical Marijuana Patient Firing To Be Reviewed in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a medical marijuana patient who was fired after a drug test administered by her employer came back positive for marijuana.  The patient, who has not been named to protect her privacy, applied for a job in Kitsap County in Washington.  When she applied she informed her employer that she was an authorized medical marijuana patient.  Knowing this, she was hired to answer phone calls and reply to emails.  A week later, a pre-employment drug test came back positive and she was fired.  She sued the employer in 2006.  The Court of Appeals in Washington recently ruled that the state's medical marijuana laws protects against criminal prosecutions but offers no protection against employers.  The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review the ruling.

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