A paralysed employee who was dismissed by the company he works for — after failing a workplace drug test in 2010 — is now taking his case to the Colorado Supreme Court, according to an article by Jack Healy for The New York Times.
Brandon Coats, who was paralysed in a car crash at the age of 16, is a medical marijuana user who uses the substance to treat painful spasms. His marijuana use, however, is in violation of the workplace drug policy of Dish Network, a Colorado satellite-television provider. He was sacked for marijuana use by the Dish Network a week after he tested positive for the substance in 2010.
The Colorado Supreme Court will hear Coats’ case on September 30, and his case has the makings of a landmark one. If the court sides with Coats, it could mean a change in the way companies treat employees who are using marijuana for medicinal purposes. If the court dismisses his case, it would be an affirmation of earlier rulings by lower Colorado courts and other courts across the U.S. that uphold the rights of employers to draft and implement their own drug policies.
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