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Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Pot Use Still Carries Job Risk

Rethinking Pot Washington
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, Jeremy Cooper and Deb Greene walk out after being among the very first customers to legally purchase recreational pot in Seattle, Wa. at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Elaine Thompson—AP

Workers still can be booted

You’re not being paranoid: Even in Washington and Colorado, smoking a legal joint after work could still get an employee fired.

The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week—followed by an admission Friday by Seattle’s City Attorney that he took pot to work—only clouded chronic confusion among many workers in the two pot-friendly states who ask if their legal-weed rights trump an employer’s cannabis policies.

The answer, for now, remains utterly non-hazy: No.
Workers still can be booted—or never hired in the first place—for puffing cannabis if anti-pot rules exist in their employers’ HR handbooks…

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