Michigan Workers Fired Over Medical Marijuana Use Sue For Jobless Benefits

In 2011, Jenine Kemp was fired from her hospital job in Michigan after testing positive for marijuana, which she said she used legally outside of work for medicinal purposes because of lupus. The year before, forklift driver Rick Braska was likewise fired from his job for using medicinal marijuana–legal in the state since 2008. Both workers’ use of pot was revealed in drug tests.

They are looking for the right to obtain jobless benefits even if fired for legal drug use.

Now, Kemp’s and Braska’s cases are in court. But a powerful business group, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, wants the judicial system to rule it’s legal to fire employees for legally smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce also wants the court to say it’s legal to deny unemployment benefits to workers who use medical cannabis. A lower court in the state has ruled it’s illegal to fire workers for that reason, and now the Michigan Appeals Court is hearing the case.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.