A Buzz Kill For Colo. Marijuana User-Employees

Law360, New York (May 20, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT) -- In a precedent-setting decision, a divided panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld an employee’s termination for off-duty, off-premises marijuana use. Issued on April 25, 2013, Coats v. Dish Network LLC offers the first direct guidance on employers’ ability to enforce drug-free workplace policies following Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana by constitutional amendment in November 2012.

Medical Marijuana and the Road to Coats

The decision followed years of uncertainty sparked by a 2000 state constitutional amendment decriminalizing medical marijuana and exacerbated by Colorado’s full-scale marijuana...
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