Medical-pot case involving fired Dish worker to be decided Monday
Published on Jun 11, 2015
Popular television service, Dish, is facing a Supreme Court case after terminating an employee for testing positive for THC in a random drug test. The employee in question was prescribed medical marijuana by a doctor to ease his seizure symptoms along with his quadriplegia, and his attorney argues that under Colorado's Lawful Activity Statute he cannot be fired while lawfully owning a medical marijuana card and using his prescribed medicine outside of work.
But Mike Evans, Coats' attorney, argued that Coats' medical marijuana card was legal under Colorado law, so he was protected from firing under Colorado's Lawful Activities Statute, which protects employees from being punished by their employers for legal, off-duty activities. Coats has maintained that he was never under the influence while he was at work.