Judge Finds Westerly Company Violated State’s Medical Marijuana Law

05/23/2017 - According to a news release from the RI Judiciary, in the matter of Christine Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corporation and The Moore Company, Superior Court Associate Justice Richard A. Licht today issued a written decision favoring the plaintiff, who argued she had been discriminated against for an internship because of her legal use of medical marijuana.

The Westerly company acknowledged in court documents that because Callaghan “put the Corporation on notice that she was currently using marijuana, would not stop using marijuana while employed by the Company, and could not pass the required  pre-employment drug test, and thus could not comply with the Corporation’s drug-free workplace policy, the Corporation did not hire her.”

Callaghan had vowed not to use marijuana in or bring it to the workplace, as required by state law.

Judge Licht found that the company violated the state’s Hawkins-Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which authorizes the issuance of medical marijuana identification cards to qualifying patients and prohibits discrimination against cardholders.

Judge Licht’s 32-page decision can be found here.