Paralyzed MMJ patient's last Supreme Court pitch over DISH firing
Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
Last year, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where jurists also rejected Coats's argument. But Evans hasn't raised the white flag quite yet. He's submitted what he describes as the final document in an effort to get the Colorado Supreme Court to take on the matter. See it and get details about the potentially groundbreaking case.
As we've reported, Coats, who's in his thirties, is paralyzed over 80 percent of his body. At age sixteen, he was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a tree.
Since then, Coats has used a wheelchair to get around, but he's fully capable of working -- and in 2007, he was hired by DISH as a customer service representative. Over the years that followed, his original lawsuit contends that prescription medicine Coats took to treat involuntary muscle spasms began to fail. When searching for a way to deal with these symptoms, his physicians recommended that he supplement his regimen with medical marijuana. He received his state-issued license for MMJ in August 2009 and found that cannabis helped alleviate his spasms. However, the complaint stresses that he never used marijuana at work, during work hours or anywhere on the company's premises.
Read more: http://blogs.westword.com
Marijuana dispensaries are coming to Massachusetts
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, July, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
Private companies, seeking to open marijuana dispensaries have been all over the area recently, since the passage of the state's medical marijuana law last November. The controversial law, passed by an overwhelming majority of voters in the last election, calls for up to 35 dispensaries across the Commonwealth, with at least one per county.
One new company, Medical Evolution Corporation, is looking for a site in the Newburyport, Beverly, Salem area. Newburyport, like many other municipalities, enacted a moratorium on dispensaries through next June, to allow the city and the state time needed to clarify what were initially a vague set of rules and guidelines. Beverly is currently evaluating a zoning ordinance that would govern where a dispensary could be sited and where it could not.
In addition to resistance from local politicians, some people in the area are not supporting enactment of the law. Recent discussion between a local landlord and MEC fell flat as the landlord “doesn't feel it to be a good fit on his property”.
Read more: http://www.examiner.com
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