(CN) - A Colorado quadriplegic who used legally sanctioned medical marijuana and lost his job with Dish Network cannot sue, the state appeals court ruled.
Dish fired Brandon Coats for violating its drug policy after he tested positive for marijuana, but Coast claimed in a wrongful termination complaint that he had acted within his license under the state's Medical Marijuana Amendment. The quadriplegic worker also noted that he had not used marijuana at work and was not under its influence on the job.
Arapahoe County Judge Elizabeth Volz dismissed the action after finding that Coats' use of marijuana was not a lawful activity. Though the Medical Marijuana Amendment established a defense from prosecution for users of the drug, it did not create a right to such use.
Despite any court ruling, this never should have happened. I'm really starting to get fed up with Dish. I used to be a big supporter, but they are turning their backs on customers and employees alike.