Colorado employers can terminate the employment of employees who use marijuana, even if the use took place outside of working hours. The Colorado Court of Appeals in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC ruled last week that the Colorado statute (C.R.S. Section 24-34-402.5) prohibiting wrongful termination of employees for “lawful activity” did not protect an employee from termination for off-the-job use of medical marijuana. The court held that use of marijuana is in violation of federal law and concluded that such use is not a “lawful activity.”
Read the case here.