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It’s Time To Enact Appropriate Job Protections For Those Who Legally Use Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

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Many observers were shocked and saddened when Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who is authorized to use medical marijuana under Colorado state law, was fired from his job with Dish Network in 2010 after a positive drug test. Dish failed to make an exception for Coats, who used marijuana while off duty to control his seizures, and the company insisted on his being fired, leaving Coats no choice but to challenge this issue in court.

Specifically, Coats claimed that his conduct should have been permitted under the state’s Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute, which makes it an unfair and discriminatory labor practice to discharge an employee based on the employee’s “lawful,” away-from-work activities. But the trial court, followed by the Court of Appeals and now the Colorado Supreme Court, have all ruled that the statute only protects conduct that is legal under both state and federal law — and therefore offers no job protection to Coats.

“Therefore, employees who engage in an activity, such as medical marijuana use, that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the statute,” Justice Allison H. Eid wrote in the opinion.

This case highlights one of the most pressing issues that needs to be addressed in the states that have legalized medical cannabis use — and the states that have adopted full legalization for all adults, as well. Although employees are protected from arrest and prosecution under state law by these various laws, they remain vulnerable to employment discrimination in almost all states.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/time-to-enact-job-protections-for-those-who-legally-use-marijuana/


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The Conflict Between Federal and State Marijuana Laws Claims a Victim

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on the topic of medical marijuana and employment practices.

In Coats v. Dish Network, an employee sued for wrongful termination after he tested positive for marijuana. The plaintiff is a quadriplegic who used medical marijuana outside of working hours. Brandon Coats was a registered medical marijuana user, accessing the product in a manner consistent with state constitutional guarantees and state statute.

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against Mr. Coats, and, frankly, the court was probably correct in its ruling. This perspective is not a popular one in the marijuana advocacy community, but it is a reality.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/conflict-between-federal-and-state-marijuana-laws-claims-victim-345099


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Sheriff: Largest outdoor marijuana grow found in Patrick Co., ties to Mexican drug cartel

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

PATRICK CO., Va. -The largest outdoor marijuana grow ever found in Virginia was discovered in Patrick County on Wednesday morning, according to the Patrick County Sheriff's Office.
 
Authorities found the vast network of makeshift terraces in a remote area on the southeast side of Bull Mountain around 6 a.m. after conducting surveillance.
 
There were 35 different grow areas, yielding a total of 30,255 plants. Deputies estimate the street value at $30 million to $105 million.
 
The plants were located about two miles from the nearest public road.
 
 

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Ohio Marijuana Campaign’s Voter Registrations Are Being Questioned

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

ohio marijuanaThe ResponsibleOhio campaign seeks to legalize marijuana for adults in Ohio. The campaign has received a lot of criticism because it only allows ten entities to grow marijuana for profit if the initiative passes. The initiative didn’t have a home grow provision at first, but a provision was added to allow home grow after the campaign received a lot of feedback. I know that a lot of orgs and prominent activists have came out publicly opposing the initiative, while others have refrained from opposing it, but haven’t issued an endorsement yet. To be fair, I haven’t seen any organization or prominent activist that has opposed the measure step up and promise to bring a better initiative in the future, complete with language polling and sufficient funding.

I will be the first to admit that the initiative is far from perfect. There are certainly provisions that I don’t like. However, I don’t like every provision of prohibition, and I have always said that I will support any effort that moves us away from prohibition. I will obviously continue to push for better legalization models, but I don’t think that just because an initiative isn’t perfect that it should be instantly condemned until a perfect one comes along in the future, if at all.

The Ohio campaign experienced a setback this week when the Ohio Secretary of State told election officials to heavily scrutinize voter registrations that were gathered by a company the campaign hired. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-marijuana-campaigns-voter-registrations-are-being-questioned/


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Denver Seeks to Allow Marijuana in Bars and Restaurants

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

After a year and a half of retail pot sales in Colorado, activists have decided to take the concept of legal weed to the next level by campaigning to allow social pot consumption in businesses where booze is served.

Organizers behind the 2012 passing of Amendment 64 are hoping to get a new initiative on the ballot in Denver’s election this November that would allow voters to decide whether people should be permitted to smoke weed in specific commercial dwellings, such as bars and restaurants

The concept behind the measure, entitled “The Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative,” is to give bars and restaurants the freedom to use a portion of their establishment for cannabis consumption. It is their belief that since bars and clubs allow patrons to consume alcohol, they should also permit the use of the state’s newly legal inebriant for recreational tokers.

"We're proposing a narrow exemption to Denver's current ban on social cannabis use by adults," Mason Tvert, communications director with the Marijuana Policy Project and one of the sponsors of the proposal, told the Denver Post. "It would simply allow adults 21 and older to consume marijuana in designated areas and venues where only adults are allowed. This is allowing adults to have the option to use marijuana in certain venues that choose to allow it."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-seeks-allow-marijuana-bars-and-restaurants


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Governor Markell Signs Delaware Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Dont mess with DelawareDelaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law Thursday night that will remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana. The Delaware Senate approved the bill 12-9 earlier in the evening. The new law will take effect in six months.

HB 39, introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) in the House and sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chair Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East) in the Senate, will replace criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a $575 fine and three months in jail.

Delaware is the 20th state to decriminalize marijuana possession or make it legal for adults. Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws removing the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession, four of which also regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. The Illinois General Assembly approved a similar measure in May, which is now awaiting action from the governor.

Statement from Robert Capecchi, deputy director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/governor-markell-signs-delaware-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-into-law/


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