Marijuana

DISH's firing of paralyzed medical marijuana patient heading to state supreme court

In 2012, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where jurists also rejected Coats's argument. But Evans wasn't ready to give up. This past July, he submitted what he described to us as the final document in an effort to get the Colorado Supreme Court to take on the matter -- and at last, the jurists have agreed to take another look at this potentially groundbreaking case.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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