Costco Job Applicant Defends Challenge To Cannabis Policy

By Danielle Nichole Smith (May 15, 2018, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A Costco Wholesale Corp. job applicant urged a Minnesota federal judge Monday not to toss his proposed class action accusing the retailer of wrongly denying applicants employment because of medical marijuana use, arguing that he had a right to sue under the state's civil rights law.

Chris Sonterre said in his opposition to the company's motion to dismiss that the Minnesota Human Rights Act provided a means for enforcing the nondiscrimination provisions found in the state's Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act. The two statutes needed to be read together in his suit challenging Costco's policy of refusing jobs without exception to...

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