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Workers can't be fired for using medical marijuana, rules Massachusetts' top court
In a ruling that could change the jurisprudence in cannabis cases, the highest court of Massachusetts has ruled that a person cannot be fired from his or her job for the mere reason that he/she was using marijuana.

The court was hearing a case filed by Christina Barbuto against her employer. The woman had alleged that her employer had fired her for using marijuana. The woman had alleged that she had obtained the drug legally and was using it to treat herself.

The woman is reportedly suffering from Crohn's Disease. The court, in its order, gave the woman the permission to sue her former employer. The woman has claimed that she had reported her use of the drug to the company and the company officials had told her that her use of marijuana wouldn't be a problem. She alleged that later she was fired on the first day when she tested positive for marijuana. The company had on the contrary argued the case on the basis that marijuana was banned under the federal law.

So as per the court's new ruling employers cannot now enforce complete blanket anti-marijuana policies against workers. But as of now, this is applicable for only those patients who have obtained the drug legally or in other words, patients whose doctors have recommended marijuana to be used in treatment of some disease.

The court accepted the woman's appeal despite the company arguing that it is acting under law.

The woman had tested positive for marijuana because she was using it to treat an autoimmune disorder. The woman was using it to stimulate appetite and also to maintain a healthy weight. Studies haves shown that about 40 per cent of all workers of the United States are subjected to drug tests during the hiring process.

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