Author Archives: Lori A. Dawkins and Joby J. Rittenhouse

COLORADO HIGH COURT DEEMS USE OF LEGAL MARIJUANA VALID GROUND FOR TERMINATION

On Monday, June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court released its opinion in Coats v. Dish Network, affirming a lower court’s decision to uphold the firing of an employee for using medical marijuana even though the use occurred while the employee was off-duty.  In a decision likely having national significance, the Court ruled that Dish did not improperly terminate Coats, who tested positive in 2010 for tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) in a random, company-issued drug test. Read More »