Wash. Medical Marijuana Law Can't Protect Employees

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT) -- The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's statute legalizing medical marijuana does not protect patients from being terminated by their employers if they fail a company drug test.

In an en banc ruling, Washington's state high court said the Medical Use of Marijuana Act's "unambiguous language" provides only an affirmative defense for doctors and patients against criminal charges under the state's drug laws and does not confer broad employment rights.

"We hold that MUMA does not provide a private cause of action for discharge...
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