NEVADA MEDICAL MARIJUANA USER DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

By January 19, 2016Blog

Nevada ran into a situation this month were one set of its laws may not have caught up with another set of its laws. The issue surrounds workers being terminated for legal actions and then denied unemployment benefits.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2000, but employers can still terminate employees that fail a drug test – even if they have a license for medical marijuana usage. That termination for a failed drug test disqualifies workers from obtaining unemployment benefits – even though the state says they may legally be allowed to use the substance.

KTNV in Las Vegas has the story of one man that is living in a legal loophole caused by this misalignment of state laws and regulations.

This Nevada instance serves as a reminder that state unemployment insurance systems have unique nuances that can confuse workers, employers and common sense.

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