“Nothing in the language of the [employment] statute limits the term ‘lawful’ to state law,” wrote Justice Allison H. Eid. “Instead, the term is used in its general, unrestricted sense, indicating that a ‘lawful’ activity is that which complies with applicable law, including state and federal law.”
Coats said in a statement that the decision was a setback for him personally, but advanced the cause of medical marijuana patients in the workplace.
“If we’re making marijuana legal for medical purposes, we need to address issues that come along with it such as employment,” Coats said. “Hopefully views on medical marijuana — like the ones in my specific case — will change soon.”