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Unlike Colorado, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law Has Protections For Workers

Medical marijuana is once again a hot-button topic with last week’s Colorado Supreme Court ruling that allowed Dish Network to fire a call center employee who tested positive for the drug despite having a medical marijuana card.

The ruling has people in other medical marijuana states, like Arizona, wondering what the impact could be on local laws.

“We won’t see a result like that emerge here anytime soon,” said John Balitis, employment attorney with Fennemore Craig.

Unlike Colorado, Arizona’s medical marijuana law has protections for workers. Balitis said Arizona is one of about a half dozen states that prohibit employers from discriminating against medical marijuana users so long as that worker isn’t in a safety-sensitive position or obviously high at work. [Read more at KPHO.com]

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