Colorado high court considers marijuana firing case | NevadaAppeal.com

Colorado high court considers marijuana firing case

SADIE GURMAN
Associated Press
FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, attorney Michael Evans, left, listens in his office in Denver, as his client Brandon Coats talks about the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Coats being fired from his job after testing positive for the use of medical marijuana. The Colorado Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state’s pot smokers. Coats is a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats says he needs the drug to help with violent spasms he has suffered since he was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court is considering a marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state’s pot smokers.

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at the Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats says he needs the drug to help with violent spasms he’s suffered since he was paralyzed in a car accident.

Dish says that because pot is illegal at the federal level, medical marijuana isn’t covered by a state law intended to protect cigarette smokers from being fired for legal behavior off the clock.

Twenty-three states allow medical marijuana, but courts have ruled against patients fired for using it.

The justices didn’t indicate when they would rule or which way they were leaning.