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Colorado's Supreme Court Rules That You Can Get Fired for Smoking Medical Marijuana

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Colorado's Supreme Court just ruled that private employers can still fire their employees if they test positive for marijuana, even if the individual had a medical marijuana prescription and regardless if they were caught doing marijuana on the job.

    The case in question was from a 2010 firing of a quadriplegic Dish Network employee who had a medical marijuana subscription. Dish Network fired him after he failed a drug test and he sued. The Court found that Dish was within its rights because state and federal laws differ on the issue. And while this case was about one individual, the ruling is broad based and allows for profit organizations to ignore Colorado's pot law and fire their employees if they test positive for marijuana.

    If this ruling doesn't shine a light on the dumbest federal law on the books then I don't know what will. Different people can have different opinions on full legalization, but I genuinely don't understand how someone could argue that Federal politicians have a role in determining what a doctor can or can't prescribe their patients and that private, for profit employers should be able to disregard a doctor's prescription just because they think marijuana is evil.

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I am not going to weigh in on corporate rights versus states rights when Marijuana in not legal nationally. I think and hope that these issues will get worked out soon. I recently watched on CNN = WEED 3 with Sanjay Gupta. As was done in the first two episodes, they spoke of things that are being treated with Medical Marijuana. PTSD is getting much attention as large numbers of veterans are suffering from this condition. The show covered that.

    What surprised me was the changes suggested by Rand Paul, Corey Booker, and a D - NY (forgot her name). It is to nationally recognize Medical Marijuana and to change it's classification from schedule 1 down to a more realistic schedule 2. I believe that would be a major step in the right direction.

    4 minute video of a gentlemen explaining it all

  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    I smoked it for it's regious properties.....I saw and spoke to god (Lord WHODAFUCKAWEEE) evrtytime I lit up a fatty. Weed provides the avenue in which to communicate with the spirits.

    Strange...he never visited when I had just regular mexican dirt weed......God loves white widow and AK47.....and never seems to bring any.....weed mooocher

  • Center Left
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    This is not specifically on topic but it has to do with marijuana legalization in Ohio. There will be a ballot issue in Ohio for the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. It was done in this format because politicians don't want to be associated with controversial issues. I saw a show on the news that discussed the topic in depth. It was very interesting. Big money gets behind these issues because (in this issue) if passed, it names the 10 pre-established grow sites so those who sponsored the issue will be the ones who profit from it on the other side of the coin. Others can apply to be a retail site but the supply side is going to be a monopoly.

    Another group is trying to raise money to get the same net results but without a built in monopoly allowing the rich to get richer.

    The group behind the issue and in control of all details is the same group who brought Casinos to Ohio about 2 years ago. They got the laws changed and now they run the only 4 Casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    This is not specifically on topic but it has to do with marijuana legalization in Ohio. There will be a ballot issue in Ohio for the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. It was done in this format because politicians don't want to be associated with controversial issues. I saw a show on the news that discussed the topic in depth. It was very interesting. Big money gets behind these issues because (in this issue) if passed, it names the 10 pre-established grow sites so those who sponsored the issue will be the ones who profit from it on the other side of the coin. Others can apply to be a retail site but the supply side is going to be a monopoly.

    Another group is trying to raise money to get the same net results but without a built in monopoly allowing the rich to get richer.

    The group behind the issue and in control of all details is the same group who brought Casinos to Ohio about 2 years ago. They got the laws changed and now they run the only 4 Casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

    Wow, the Ohio "snowbirds" visiting here are already kind of nuts and backwards; neither can't drive, so adding "pot" to the picture, then I better move.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote:

    This is not specifically on topic but it has to do with marijuana legalization in Ohio. There will be a ballot issue in Ohio for the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. It was done in this format because politicians don't want to be associated with controversial issues. I saw a show on the news that discussed the topic in depth. It was very interesting. Big money gets behind these issues because (in this issue) if passed, it names the 10 pre-established grow sites so those who sponsored the issue will be the ones who profit from it on the other side of the coin. Others can apply to be a retail site but the supply side is going to be a monopoly.

    Another group is trying to raise money to get the same net results but without a built in monopoly allowing the rich to get richer.

    The group behind the issue and in control of all details is the same group who brought Casinos to Ohio about 2 years ago. They got the laws changed and now they run the only 4 Casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

    Wow, the Ohio "snowbirds" visiting here are already kind of nuts and backwards; neither can't drive, so adding "pot" to the picture, then I better move.

    Hey! I resemble that remark! I live in ne Ohio. And I drives purty darn good. Of course there is the joke about what is said right before an accident in winter in Ohio: hold my beer.

    as for casinos and weed monopoly/oligopoly it is. Not surprising as capitalists fear competition. The horseshoe casino in downtown Cleveland isn't doing very well. The racino at northfield park (trotters) is doing better because they have live shows.

  • Independent
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    lonely bird Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote:

    This is not specifically on topic but it has to do with marijuana legalization in Ohio. There will be a ballot issue in Ohio for the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. It was done in this format because politicians don't want to be associated with controversial issues. I saw a show on the news that discussed the topic in depth. It was very interesting. Big money gets behind these issues because (in this issue) if passed, it names the 10 pre-established grow sites so those who sponsored the issue will be the ones who profit from it on the other side of the coin. Others can apply to be a retail site but the supply side is going to be a monopoly.

    Another group is trying to raise money to get the same net results but without a built in monopoly allowing the rich to get richer.

    The group behind the issue and in control of all details is the same group who brought Casinos to Ohio about 2 years ago. They got the laws changed and now they run the only 4 Casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

    Wow, the Ohio "snowbirds" visiting here are already kind of nuts and backwards; neither can't drive, so adding "pot" to the picture, then I better move.

    Hey! I resemble that remark! I live in ne Ohio. And I drives purty darn good. Of course there is the joke about what is said right before an accident in winter in Ohio: hold my beer.

    as for casinos and weed monopoly/oligopoly it is. Not surprising as capitalists fear competition. The horseshoe casino in downtown Cleveland isn't doing very well. The racino at northfield park (trotters) is doing better because they have live shows.

    Now I know why you use the "code" name " Lonely"; you must be the only one in Ohio with common sense. Related to driving; sorry but they don't know what a stop sign means.