In RI a graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.
Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it’s the first lawsuit of its kind in the state. (Source)
In Colorado the state many use as a model courts have upheld firing or non hiring. The argument most commonly given is that the drug impairs people. Other legal challenges are that Cannabis is still federally illegal and companies cant hire if they want to bid on government contracts.
In 2010, Dish Network fired Brandon Coats, a medical-marijuana patient, from his job as a telephone operator because he failed a random drug test. Coats — who is wheelchair-bound because of a car accident and says he uses marijuana to control muscle spasms — sued Dish, arguing that his marijuana use was legal under state law and that he was never impaired on the job. Coats said he was a model employee.
The Colorado Courts have upheld the initial ruling of Coats firing. the Colorado Court of Appeals reaches a much broader conclusion: That nothing illegal federally can be considered “lawful” under the Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute.
In Massachusetts we don’t know of any employment lawsuits executed, but we are sure to see some at some point. Other legal issues in the state persist though. Patients are being arrested around the State because amounts they carry and simply because the some police don’t care about the new law.
Law enforcement bares no burden except the time you spend in there jail. Once someone is arrested it is incumbent on that person to defend themselves. In the mean time cars, medicine and petty cash are confiscated under highway interdiction rules.
Highway interdiction is the process police use to take your stuff when your arrested. In entire industry has evolved for highway interdiction. Police departments bring in consulting companies schooled in the method the cops are allowed to seize your belongings.
The lesson here is people need to be patient. Laws are being challenged everywhere.