FILE - In this July 12, 2018 file photo, newly transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in soilless media in pots at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility in Milford, Mass. A Connecticut health care worker told a potential nursing home employer she had legally taken medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident. But when a drug test came back positive, the job offer was rescinded. In the latest in a series of clashes between federal and state laws, a federal judge ruled in August that the nursing home violated an anti-discrimination provision of the Connecticut's medical marijuana law. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

New rulings on medical marijuana use go against employers

October 02, 2018 - 11:49 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New court rulings have favored medical marijuana users trying to keep or obtain jobs at drug-testing employers, an emerging trend after a series of decisions against medical pot users nationwide.

The latest ruling came in Connecticut this month, when a federal judge said a nursing home violated an anti-discrimination provision of the state's medical marijuana law when it rescinded a job offer to a woman after she tested positive for the main chemical in pot. It was the first such ruling in a federal case.

The nursing home cited several federal laws including the Controlled Substances Act, which makes pot illegal.

Medical marijuana advocates hope the new rulings are a signal of growing acceptance of cannabis' medicinal value.

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