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Brandon Coats v. DISH Network

Case Conclusion Date: 06.15.2015

Practice Area: Employment and labor

Outcome: Colorado Supreme Court Affirmed in favor of DISH

Description: CO Supreme Court - Colorado's current laws do NOT protect MMJ employees private, off-duty use - even when not impaired at work (Coats v. DISH) This morning, the Colorado Supreme Court decided in Coats v. DISH (attached), that Colorado’s current laws – the most powerful in the world – do NOT protect a medical marijuana patient-employees private, off duty use of MMJ, even if they are not impaired at work. Quote from the decision: “The supreme court holds that under the plain language of section 24-34-402.5, C.R.S. (2014), Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” the term “lawful” refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law. 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. We therefore affirm the court of appeals’ opinion.”

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