Politics & Government

High court to hear medical marijuana case

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a medical marijuana patient who was fired for failing a drug test.

The woman is identified as Jane Roe to protect her identity. When she applied for a job in Kitsap County with TeleTech Customer Care Management, she told the company she was an authorized marijuana patient.

She was hired to answer e-mails and phone calls, but a week later, her pre-employment drug screen came back positive, and she was fired. She sued in 2006.

An appeals court held that Washington’s medical marijuana law provides a defense to criminal prosecution but does not protect patients in employment situations.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington urged the justices to review the ruling.