Court: Firing Someone for Medical Marijuana Use Is Illegal Discrimination
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Monday in Massachusetts that voter approval of medical marijuana means that employers can no longer simply fire employees who test positive for THC, if the workers can prove they are consuming it with a doctor’s recommendation.
The ruling comes from the case of Cristina Barbuto who suffers from Crohn’s Disease and was using MMJ several times a week to help ease the pain.
Barbuto, who had informed her new bosses of her illness and her MMJ usage, got fired after only one day on the job when she tested positive for marijuana.
She was told by the human resources department of Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) that, “we follow federal law, not state law.”
Alaska Marijuana Regulators to Revisit Onsite Pot Use Debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska marijuana regulators plan to revive debate over onsite use of marijuana in retail cannabis shops.
In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and seven other states but illegal at the federal level.
But the board later voted to re-open the debate. Proposals are expected to be discussed at a Friday meeting.
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Hawaii Big Island Still Has Most Medical Pot Users
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports, according to the data released Friday, 38 percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program were located on Hawaii Island. That’s down from 40 percent in March and 42 percent in December.
Meanwhile, the percentage of patients hailing from Oahu has jumped from 25 percent in December to 29 percent last month, a more than 1,300-patient increase. The Big Island’s patient count increased by about 300 people in that same time.
High Performance? $1 Million Worth of Marijuana Found in New Cars at Ohio Dealerships
Authorities have seized 400 pounds of marijuana worth $1 million hidden in cars at Ohio dealerships, Portage County police told NBC News on Monday.
Police were called to a dealership about a week ago when a "suspicious package" was found concealed in the trunk wheel of a new Ford Fusion, Sheriff David W. Doak told NBC News.
More marijuana blocks were recovered from other vehicles at the dealership, and a neighboring county reported five other Ford Fusions with concealed narcotics. In total, 400 pounds of marijuana were recovered from 15 vehicles at the Ohio dealerships.
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