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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Unlawful Employment Activity

The Colorado supreme court held that under the plain language of section 24-34-402.5, 14 C.R.S. (2014), Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” the term “lawful” refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law.

Therefore, employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the statute. We therefore affirm 18 the court of appeals’ opinion.

Coats v. Dish Network—Labor and Employment- Protected Activities