New Mexico Court Holds Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

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A federal court in New Mexico dismissed the lawsuit of an employee who was fired after testing positive for marijuana, even though he used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Garcia v. Tractor Supply Company, No. 15-cv-00735 (D.N.M. Jan. 7, 2016). The Court held that the employer did not violate New Mexico law or public policy by terminating a new hire for failing a drug test due to the employee’s medical marijuana use. The Court’s decision followed the holdings of similar cases in California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon and Washington. Like those cases, the Court held that employers in New Mexico are under no duty to accommodate the use of medical marijuana by employees.

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Medical pot producers in NM make case for confidentiality

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SANTA FE – Medical marijuana producers told state health officials Wednesday that disclosing the locations of growing facilities would invite criminals to burglarize the sites, while open-records advocates countered that greater transparency will help ensure fair and effective management of the state’s cannabis program.

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State will look at changes to medical pot program

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SANTA FE, N.M. —There’s a lot New Mexicans don’t and can’t know about the state’s medical marijuana program.

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AG: State can’t conceal names of medical pot producers

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In a strongly worded letter, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Monday that a Department of Health proposal to disclose the identities of licensed nonprofit producers of medical cannabis doesn’t go far enough to abide by the state’s open records law.

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New Mexico Man Sues Border Patrol Over Medical Marijuana Rights

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A New Mexico man filed suit against Border Patrol, saying agents are violating the law by refusing to allow him to posses medical marijuana, Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

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