The case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic whose doctor prescribed pot to stop his muscle spasms, shows that medical marijuana patients are offered little protection from being fired under most state laws, even Colorado's.
The state court ruling determined that Dish Network acted within the law when it fired medical marijuana user Brandon Coats after he tested positive for marijuana in an impromptu drug test.
Brandon Coats is a quadriplegic who failed a random drug test years ago while using medical pot to treat his muscle spasms. He lost his job, and Colorado's highest court says that's OK under the law.
The ruling could set a precedent that influences how courts in other states handle cases where workers are fired for using marijuana.