Court Rules Worker With Pot Prescription Can Be Fired For Drug Use

WASHINGTON — The Washington state Supreme Court upheld the right of a Colorado company to fire a woman for failing a drug test due to marijuana use, even though she had a valid prescription for the drug.

The employee, who worked for Tele Tech Customer Care, was fired in October of 2006 after a week of training, the Wall Street Journal reports. She filed a lawsuit against the company under the pseudonym Jane Roe.

The 8-1 decision, which was issued June 9, declared that state medical marijuana laws do not require employers to accommodate the use of the drug outside of the work environment. The court also ruled that the state’s Human Rights Commission cannot look into claims involving medical marijuana because it is illegal at the federal level.

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