CO Attorney General Backs Firing of MMJ Patient
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CO Attorney General Backs Firing of MMJ Patient
Posted by CN Staff on June 05, 2014 at 08:50:26 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The state attorney general's office says Coloradans do not have a right to use marijuana off the job, siding with a satellite television company in its firing of a medical-marijuana patient.In a brief filed with the state Supreme Court last month, the Colorado attorney general's office argues that giving workers a right to use marijuana off duty "would have a profound and detrimental impact on employers in the state."
"Contrary to popular perception, Colorado has not simply legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes," state attorneys write in the brief. "Instead, its citizens have adopted narrowly drawn constitutional amendments that decriminalize small amounts of marijuana."The Colorado Court of Appeals  the state's second-highest court  last year upheld Dish Network's firing of a quadriplegic medical-marijuana patient for a positive drug test. Although there is no allegation that Brandon Coats was stoned at work, the company said it has a zero-tolerance policy on marijuana.Coats say his off-the-job marijuana use should be protected by Colorado's Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute, which prevents companies from firing employees for doing things outside of work  like smoking cigarettes  that are legal. Dish Network argues that marijuana use can't be considered lawful while cannabis remains illegal federally.In its brief supporting Dish Network, the state attorney general's office says zero-tolerance policies ensure that employees are able to perform their jobs competently. Requiring employers to prove that workers are stoned on the job before they can be fired would require companies to conduct "intrusive investigations into the personal life of an employee."SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: May 22, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by keninsj on June 07, 2014 at 13:12:41 PT:
I could not find the poll at the link below. To bad, I really wanted to participate. If they are banning the use of MJ off hours, then they need to also ban the use of alcohol, pain killers, and any other substance that has potential mind altering affects off hours. 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on June 06, 2014 at 03:58:05 PT
RELATED POLL:Should employers in Colorado be allowed to fire employees for using marijuana while off duty?YESNO
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Comment #4 posted by Universer on June 06, 2014 at 01:44:46 PT
OT: Not Yourkansas, or Mykansas...Arkansas!
Beginning of petition drive to put legalization referendum on the November ballot in...Arkansas.Yes, Arkansas, that bastion of progressive thought and open-minded folks.'Corse, who knows if it'll make the ballot and if it does, if it'd pass, but...I mean, f$%#ing Arkansas, bygod! Bible-poundin' rightwing-espousin' segregration-proudin' Arkansas might could maybe possibly legalize cannabis for its adult citizens sometime in this lifetime or even this yeartime.The South could grow again. Mind, blown.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on June 05, 2014 at 20:01:12 PT
Their days of discrimination are almost over.
They can get by with this for now and better enjoy this type of discrimination while they can because surely that BS will change in the future.!
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on June 05, 2014 at 16:19:59 PT:
this buffoon
Did you read that line by the Attorney General?"Contrary to popular perception, Colorado has not simply legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Instead, its citizens have adopted narrowly drawn constitutional amendments that decriminalize small amounts of marijuana."Well, all I can say is...whatever this buffoon is taking for the "head", I wish he'd pass it on down to me! I wanna be delusional, too. No, I'm afraid that he is mistaken -- the people of Colorado (TRUE Coloradans, that is) DID vote to LEGALIZE Marijuana! I guarantee that this idiot was always against legalization, so since he couldn't stop the momentum, he makes things up to bolster his (weak) case!I hope that he is impeached.
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Comment #1 posted by Swazi-X on June 05, 2014 at 13:33:16 PT
Big Government Supports Big Corporations
This is B.S. on a monumental scale from both sides. Zero-tolerance? How many of Dish's employees come to work high on antihistamines? Opiates? Hung over from too much alcohol? The rationale for singling out cannabis is part of the cancerous mentality of too-big-to-care mega-corporations, and in this instance is blindly supported by we-just-don't-get-it government drones. How can CO prosecute this case using the rule of law when both medical and recreational use of cannabis is legal? Since when is CO charged - or even legally capable - of enforcing federal law?If Dish wants zero-tolerance of cannabis, they're in the wrong state. Duh. Time for them to move their sorry, malicious, ignorant butts to Georgia or Alabama. Somewhere the 1940's is still going on for crying out loud.What we all need to do is DITCH DISH. I quit last August for this specific reason, and anyone who believes in cannabis freedom or just freedom in general should do the same. If you have DSL or Cable for your net connection, it's a no-brainer. So much of what DISH charges you $80+/month for is out there for FREE! The rest you can get for $8/month from HuluPlus or Netflix.Vote with your dollars and show DISH how much money they will continue to bleed by pursuing this witch hunt. If you can't do without satellite TV, go for one of their competitors, and make clear to the jackals at DISH exactly why you're leaving.Our only power in this age of Corporate Government is where we spend our money - make the conscious choice to support the gains we've made with cannabis by not giving yours to such a backward, abusive and out of touch company.
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