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Quadriplegic Medical Marijuana Patient Fired For Using Legal Marijuana In Colorado


Drug TestingIf you are a marijuana consumer that is a customer of Dish Network, you might want to reconsider your purchasing decisions. Brandon Coats is a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient in Colorado. He was recently fired as a customer service representative for Dish Network Corp. after failing a random drug test. A lot of people don’t know that they can be fired for using medical marijuana, even in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal.

While such public policy is legal, it’s not moral. The Colorado Appeals Court ruled in April that a company has the right to fire people based on marijuana use, even though it’s legal for both medical and recreational use in Colorado. While companies have the right to fire quadriplegic medical marijuana patients for using their medicine, it doesn’t mean that they should do so. If they had any compassion, they would never do such a thing. Shame on you Dish Network. I’m so happy that I’m not one of your customers. If I was, I would cancel my agreement as fast as my phone would allow.

“Employers ought to reconsider their drug testing policies in states where medical marijuana is legal,” Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Why discriminate against marijuana users? They’re not different than beer drinkers.”

I absolutely agree with Mr. Maltby. I will not support a company that fires people for using legal marijuana, yet has no problem with what alcohol consumers do outside of the workplace. If you live in a state that doesn’t have a ballot initiative to vote on, realize that you can still vote with your dollars. Don’t support companies that don’t support you.


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  1. I am happy the company doesn’t show favoritism. He deserved to be fired! They can’t change their policy because its Colorado. The guy should not have been smoking pot!

  2. Well, it’s hard to tell who we are all actually talking to here on TWC, no?
    But yeah, you’re right, AS IF…

  3. Wonder where these idiots get the idea that they’re even believable in the first place? Any employee of that company caught saying one word publicly about this case would be pink-slipped ASAP, and … on a WEED blog?! LOLOLOL

  4. Hopped up on canabis you are an idiot canabis does not “hop” you up! And he was probably doing a better job than most of your other eorkers that I’ve had to smoke canabis just so i wouldn’t try to reach through the phone and strangle the idiotic morons you have working for you in customer service!! Shame on you “Christians” for being so hypocritical

  5. Everyone Boycott Dish Network Corp.
    See our site at Facebook Freedom for the American People

  6. It’s easy! LOL. And I had him pegged on the first post. Like Dishs’s CEO would hang here? lol
    If he did they guy would never have been fired! (still laughing)

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