Obsolete Zero Tolerance on Pot
Even marijuana companies don’t want their employees stoned on the job. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use, many employers have retained or imposed “no tolerance” policies, penalizing workers for off-premise activity that is perfectly legal.
Brandon Coats, who answers customer calls for the Dish Network in Denver, has been paralyzed since a car crash at the age of 16, and smokes marijuana at night to relieve painful spasms. As Jack Healy reported in The Times on Monday, Mr. Coats was fired in 2010 for failing a random drug test, even though he carries a valid medical marijuana card.