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Key Pennsylvania Court Decisions from 2020 Regarding Workers’ Rights to Legally Use Medical Cannabis Off-the-Job

Posted: December 23, 2020

In 2020, Pennsylvania courts increasingly ruled in favor of employees terminated for using medical marijuana. These employees had been legally using it pursuant to the state’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) when they were fired. The MMA allows individuals with serious medical conditions to obtain prescriptions for medical marijuana to help manage those conditions. This article highlights key decisions in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania during 2020 that exemplify the trending direction of employee rights to use medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It also explains how the courts have ruled regarding unemployment compensation benefits and disability discrimination claims that flowed from termination for lawful medical marijuana use.

The link to this alert can be found here for additional details.