WUCL Professor Provides Expert Commentary to AP
Professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter provided his expert legal opinion to the Associated Press this week about the Oregon Supreme Court's ruling that an employer is not required to accommodate a worker's use of medical marijuana.
According to the article -- which was picked up by The New York Times, BusinessWeek and Forbes, among others -- the Court ruled that "state law is trumped by federal law that classifies pot as an illegal drug."
In the case, a worker who was fired after telling his boss he used doctor-approved medical marijuana filed a discrimination claim against his employer, arguing the company did not make a reasonable accommodation for a disability.
In comments to the Associated Press, Cunningham-Parmeter said the Oregon Supreme Court went farther than needed to resolve the question of accommodation. "I think this is a shot across the bow to supporters of medical marijuana or expanded legalization movements in Oregon or in other states," he said.
You can read the full AP article on The New York Times website.
Professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter
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