On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Colorado businesses can fire employees that test positive for THC on their drug tests. The case that brought this ruling to light involved a Colorado man named Brandon Coats, who smoked medical marijuana to cope with paralysis problems after a car accident. He stated that his smoking weed at home did not affect his job performance. Medicinal use is still illegal under federal law and that fact drove the decision.
Federal Law on marijuana must be re-assessed. The current administration officials and attorney general, Loretta Lynch, believe in old traditional misunderstandings of marijuana as a drug that is as bad as heroine or methamphetamine. Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States of America, has a different view and understands that marijuana "can be helpful" in his interview with CBS news. Declassification of marijunana to a drug that has medicinal value would keep people like Brandon Coats working at his job. With so much momentum for recreational and medicinal marijuana going forward, this move by the Supreme Court is a significant step backward in the wrong direction.