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Massachusetts sees first case over firing for medical marijuana use

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  • A complaint filed accusing an employer of discrimination and invasion of privacy is centered on an employee who was fired because she uses medical marijuana and was let go for failing a company drug test, according to an articleat Masslive.com.
  • Cristina Barbuto of Brewster, Mass., took a job with a marketing firm and told the company that she used medical marijuana to treat symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Masslive reports that she worked for only one day for Advantage Sales and Marketing, promoting products in a supermarket, and then the company fired her for failing a required drug test.
  • An HR representative told Barbuto that the nationwide company follows federal, not state law on the issue.

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