The Medical Marijuana Case That's Left Justices Flummoxed

A quadriplegic man who says he only used medical marijuana at home was fired by Dish Network.
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A vendor weighs buds for card-carrying medical marijuana patients attending Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer's of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state.

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Like many Colorado residents, Brandon Coats uses medical marijuana. A quadriplegic who worked for the Dish Network, Coats was prescribed the drug to help him deal with seizures and spasms he has suffered since being involved in a serious car accident. So, when his employer administered a cheek-swab drug test in 2010 it predictably turned up the presence of THC, the psychoactive constituent found in marijuana, and Coats was summarily fired, the Denver Post reported. 

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