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New rulings on medical marijuana use go against employers

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judge said a nursing home violated an anti-discrimination provision of the state's medical marijuana law when it rescinded a job offer to a woman after she tested positive for the main chemical in pot.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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