Mass. Worker Who Says She Was Fired for Legal Pot Use Files Suit

By | September 10, 2015

  • September 10, 2015 at 9:48 am
    CommonSense says:
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    Drinking alcohol is legal. Drinking on the job can still get you fired. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it appropriate for the workplace.

    Now, if the employer told her, in writing, that her pot use would not be a problem and then fired her anyway, they should lose.

  • September 10, 2015 at 10:33 am
    JC says:
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    You are missing the point – Mary Jane is still illegal under federal law.

    • September 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm
      Agent says:
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      For every one using for medicinal purposes, there are 10 using it recreationally and many are high when working. Some are on this blog. You can tell by their illogical wild rants.

      • September 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm
        Insurance says:
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        Agent, I cannot begin to tell you how ignorant your comments about marijuana are. Have you done ANY research on the subject in the past 5 years? Scientific research consistently shows how more dangerous and addictive alcohol is over marijuana. Yet which ones legal? Funny how that works. It’s literally not even a question anymore, alcohol kills and marijuana doesn’t. I live in Denver and I have seen you comment on the subject of legality, I bet you imagine the entire state of CO is high right? Too bad you couldn’t be more wrong. You say people who smoke pot get high before work right? What’s stopping the people who have wine at night from hitting the bottle in the morning? Your generalizations are embarassing, and you should be ashamed for spewing your ignorant comments.

      • September 11, 2015 at 9:19 am
        Agent says:
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        Hey Insurance, since you are from Denver, I am sure you recall the employer who left Denver for South Carolina because he had most of his employees showing up for work high, doing substandard work or they wouldn’t show up at all. The man couldn’t get production out of the pot heads so he picked up and moved. Regular recreational pot users are unreliable and about all they think about is their next hit. You should be ashamed of your ignorant comments about the pot problem in this country.

        • September 11, 2015 at 9:33 am
          Insurance says:
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          One employer? That is your source? That employer couldn’t get production out of his employees, then maybe he should improve his hiring processes / morale of his company. Another generalization from Agent, what a surprise. Again, you know nothing of what you are talking about. Businesses are flourishing in the improved economy here in Colorado, all thanks to legalization. $45 million in tax revenue this year alone.

          • September 11, 2015 at 10:04 am
            Agent says:
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            I wonder how many interviews the man would have to do with Millenials to find one non pot user to hire in Colorado. He made his choice to move and he was right. SC is much better and has tough laws dealing with the dope heads. You say the tax revenue is $45 million. I wonder what the costs are to the state in increased crime, health care costs, problems in schools etc. I bet it is far higher than that paltry revenue.

          • September 11, 2015 at 10:30 am
            Confused says:
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            be careful of what you feed the troll, Insurance. logic and well-reasoned points will not serve you well attempting to get Agent to at least understand your point, let alone get him to change his mind about anything — even if you are trying to tell him that Progressive’s Flo is NOT a non-fictional character!! basically, if you don’t agree with him, you’re a low-information voter, a liberal, and/or just an idiot. best of luck to you if you choose to continue to “discuss” things with him.

  • September 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm
    R says:
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    The difference between marijuana and alcohol is with the effects. We know how alcohol affects performance and how fast it wears off. The after effects are well known and we know mostly how long those last.
    We do not have a test to measure if someone is under the influence of marijuana, how long it takes to wear off, and if the effects can reoccur later in any fashion that is measurable.

    Aside from the safety arguments, I see a growing trend to legalize and tax as a way for states and the federal government to raise revenue off of the ‘sin tax’ habits.

  • September 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm
    steve says:
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    I don’t think she has a valid claim. She broke federal law and was punished accordingly.

  • September 11, 2015 at 10:21 am
    Stush says:
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    If the company wins, it will be a pyrrhic victory at best. both sides have valid claims as the issue may be decided not on the basis of who is right but what is right. And the current state of the law is quite murky these days. The law takes longer to catch up with society; we change our tastes, desires, wants and needs as quickly as we want to but changing the law takes a lot more time, even when all parties agree.

  • September 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm
    GoldC says:
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    I never side with legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, but in a state where it is legal for medicinal purposes, and legal inquiries finds that her habits were as she said – infrequent and not before work; and she was, indeed, told by the potential employer that it wouldn’t be a problem, she should be the victor.

    This is not a case of intelligence; it is a case of law and facts.

    • September 14, 2015 at 9:10 am
      KY jw says:
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      The assertion that she told her new employers before being hired is the key, in my opinion. If that is true, the employer made the mistake not the employee.



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