Wednesday, Jul 26 2017 | Time 02:16 Hrs(IST)
image
  • California governor signs climate policy extension into law
  • Trump slams Sessions as not tough enough, assails intel leaks
  • UN points finger at "elements" in Congo army over Kasai mass graves
  • King, Peaty, Masse smash world records
  • Colombia's ELN rebels propose three-month ceasefire
  • Zimbabwe parliament restores Mugabe's authority to name chief justice
World Share

Massachusetts court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use

By Nate Raymond
BOSTON, Jul 17 (Reuters) Massachusetts' top court today ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected the former employer's argument that she could not sue it for handicap discrimination because possessing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Lawyers for the ex-employee, Christina Barbuto, said the ruling represents a major win for employees in the state and set a precedent that they said could have an impact in other states where medical marijuana is legal.
Barbuto had accused Advantage Sales and Marketing of firing her after her first day of work because she tested positive for the drug, which she had been prescribed by a doctor to treat low appetite, a side effect of her Crohn's disease.
Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote that if a doctor concludes medical marijuana is the most effective treatment for an employee's debilitating condition, "an exception to an employer's drug policy to permit its use is a facially reasonable accommodation."
"The fact that the employee's possession of medical marijuana is in violation of federal law does not make it per se unreasonable as an accommodation," Gants wrote.
The ruling by a unanimous six-judge panel noted that only the employee, not the company, could have been subject to prosecution under federal law for her drug use.
Massachusetts voters approved the medicinal use of marijuana in 2012, joining the majority of US states to allow for the drug's medical use. State voters in November went further, legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
Matthew Fogelman, Barbuto's lawyer, called the ruling a "ground-breaking decision" for employees in the state.
"This is the highest court in Massachusetts recognizing that the use of medically prescribed marijuana is just as lawful as the use of any prescribed medication," he said.
The ruling reversed a decision that had dismissed Barbuto's 2015 handicap discrimination claim against the company. It upheld the dismissal of other claims.
A lawyer for the company did not respond to a request for comment.
Barbuto said in her lawsuit that she had been prescribed medical marijuana to treat her Crohn's disease, which coupled with irritable bowel syndrome, left her with little or no appetite.
After she started using marijuana, Barbuto said she was able to maintain a healthy weight.
REUTERS AKC 1115
Top News
Kovind is 14th Prez of country; calls for creation of an egalitarian society

Kovind is 14th Prez of country; calls for creation of an egalitarian society

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) Mr Ram Nath Kovind today took oath as 14th President of the country, calling for creation of an egalitarian society with equal opportunity for all.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 2:03 PM
Need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as moral exemplar: Kovind

Need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as moral exemplar: Kovind

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) Stressing the need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar, the new President Ram Nath Kovind today said 'the India of the 21st century will be one that is in conformity with our ancient values as well as compliant with the Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 5:27 PM
Terror funding case: Delhi Court orders 10 days NIA custody to seven separatist leaders

Terror funding case: Delhi Court orders 10 days NIA custody to seven separatist leaders

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) A Delhi Court today awarded ten days National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody to seven Kashmiri separatists, including Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in connection with terror funding probe and subversive activities in Kashmir.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 9:22 PM
Army Vice Chief cautions 'China bound to be a future threat to India'

Army Vice Chief cautions 'China bound to be a future threat to India'

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Sarath Chand today cautioned that China is bound to be a threat to India in the years to come.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 8:33 PM
PM to undertake aerial survey of North Gujarat

PM to undertake aerial survey of North Gujarat

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an aerial survey of flood affected areas of North Gujarat this afternoon after the swearing-in ceremony for new President Ram Nath Kovind.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 9:46 PM
Setback for business conglomerate, Sahara, in apex court

Setback for business conglomerate, Sahara, in apex court

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) The Supreme Court today ruled that the process of auctioning of Sahara-owned Amby Valley shall start subject to deposit of Rs 1,500 crores by September 7.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 6:00 PM
Mamata meets Rajnath, discusses Darjeeling and other issues

Mamata meets Rajnath, discusses Darjeeling and other issues

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) In the capital to attend President Ram Nath Kovind's swearing in ceremony, West Bengal Chief Minister and mercurial Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here.

see more..
   
25 Jul 2017 | 7:40 PM

CPI-M stalls Yechury's re-election to RS, Bengal Cong proposes Meira for Upper House

25 Jul 2017 | 11:54 PM

New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) In a significant development, the West Bengal Congress unit has recommended to the party high command that the party fields former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as a candidate for ensuing Rajya Sabha elections from the state.

California governor signs climate policy extension into law

26 Jul 2017 | 1:54 AM

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Jul 25 (Reuters) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law today a package of bills that use market forces to cut greenhouse gas emissions, extending by a decade the state's signature plan to combat climate change.

RS by-poll: BJP’s MP unit sends names to Delhi

25 Jul 2017 | 11:54 PM

Bhopal, Jul 25 (UNI) In view of a by-poll in Madhya Pradesh for a Rajya Sabha seat, a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Election Committee concluded here this evening with a decision to dispatch a panel of approximately a dozen names to the Central Election Committee.

King, Peaty, Masse smash world records

26 Jul 2017 | 12:48 AM

By Rod Gilmour BUDAPEST, Jul 25 (Reuters) The world championships came alive today as Lilly King of the United States won the women's 100 metres breaststroke title in one of three world- record swims at the end of a breath-taking evening session.

MARKET-SIS-IPO

25 Jul 2017 | 9:17 PM

Security & Intelligence Services to come out with IPO on July 31 to raise Rs 780 cr Mumbai, Jul 25 (UNI) Security and Intelligence Services (India) Ltd today said that it will come out with an initial public offer (IPO) on July 31 with an aim to raise capital of Rs 780 crore for repayment of a portion of certain outstanding debt.

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

25 Jul 2017 | 4:26 PM

By Tom Miles GENEVA, July 25 (Reuters) - Yemen's cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data analysed by Reuters.

Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022 -paper

Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022 -paper

25 Jul 2017 | 12:05 PM

TOKYO, Jul 25 (Reuters) Toyota Motor Corp aims to begin selling in 2022 an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces recharging time, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported today.

JPCC celebrates 26th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

21 May 2017 | 6:22 PM

Ranchi, May 21 (UNI) The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee today paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary which was celebrated by the party as ‘Shahdat Diwas’.

image