Colorado Schools to Track Marijuana Offenses by Students
Big marijuana decision coming Monday
DENVER – A highly anticipated Colorado Supreme Court decision on an employee's right to use marijuana will come out Monday.
Brandon Coats maintains he was improperly fired from his job at Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana. Coats, a quadriplegic, worked as a customer service representative for the company for years.
Lower courts have repeatedly ruled in Dish Network's favor, but last year the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. The decision could impact businesses across the state as they continue to employ not only medical marijuana users but recreational users as well.
As of now, Colorado law affords employee's little if any protection should an employer decide to fire someone who fails a drug test for marijuana.
Coats uses medical marijuana to control involuntary muscle spasms and voluntarily notified Dish Network that any drug test would come up positive for THC.
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Hayward Police Discover Marijuana Factory Worth $15 Million
Hayward police have discovered a massive 44,000 square foot marijuana factory. Authorities say the value of the 13,000 plants seized is around $15 million.
The electrical systems inside had been dangerously bypassed with many major illegal connections, powering an elaborate hydroponic watering system, lighting system and ventilation system.
Hayward police say the operation included a harvesting and packaging room, living quarters and a sophisticated surveillance system.
It is suspected the marijuana grow operated 24/7 and cost in excess of $100,000 to build, police say.
Authorities arrested three men last week at the scene -- 28-year-old Manh Tran, 21-year-old Troy Tam and 27-year-old Tony Hoang -- and charged them with felony marijuana cultivation and sales.
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