Colorado lawmakers want to stop employers from firing people for using cannabis in their personal time

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Two
Colorado
lawmakers
want
to
pass
a
law
to
protect
workers
who
use
marijuana
when
they’re
off
the
clock.

House
Rep.
Jevon
Melton,
D-Aurora,
has
introduced a
bill
 to
prevent
businesses
from
firing
employees
for
partaking
in
legal
activities
on
their
own
time

even
if
the
activities
are
only
legal
under
state
and
not
federal
law.
To
pass,
though,
the
bill
will
likely
require
some
compromise
to
address
expected
objections
from
the
business
community.

Melton
says
the
measure
would
correct
an
oversight
in
Colorado
law.

“It
was
just
a
glaring
gap
that
we
have
here
in
the
statute,
especially
when
we’re
supposed
to
regulate
marijuana
like
we
are
with
alcohol,”
Melton
said.
“If
someone’s
able
to
drink
while
they’re
at
home
and
on
their
free
time,
as
long
as
they’re
not
coming
into
work
intoxicated,
then
they’re
not
penalized
with
their
employment.”

In
the
Colorado
Supreme
Court
case
Coats
v.
Dish
Network,
employee
Brandon
Coats
appealed
a
lower
court
decision
that
sided
with
Dish
Network
in
Coats’
firing
after
he
failed
a
random
drug
test
in
2010.
Coats
used
medical
marijuana
to
control
seizures
while
he
was
away
from
work.
[Read
more
at
The
Denver
Post
]