Detroit Lions defensive tackle CJ Mosley was allegedly caught using marijuana in his downtown London hotel room near Hyde Park this weekend when a disconnected smoke alarm tipped off hotel staff.
The Lions were in London, mathcing up with the Falcons as part of the NFL’s International Series games. After leaving the Pennyhill Hotel complex in suburban Bagshot on Friday, they relocated to London’s Intercontinental Hotel where the incident took place. Lions’ coach Jim Caldwell has reportedly suspended Mosley for two weeks. Officially, the Lions cited “conduct detrimental to the team” as the reason for Mosley’s suspension. Caldwell remarked:
“I think the statement stands on its own. If you take a look at it, read through it and kind of glean from it what you’d like. But we said two weeks and in two weeks, he’ll return.”
Mosley and the NFL Player’s Association filed a grievance against the suspension, aiming to protect Mosley from missing out on the two weeks of pay he could lose during the suspension.
Today Michigan courts ruled in a 3-0 decision that the use of medical marijuana does not disqualify residents from unemployment benefits. Detroit lawyer and senior partner of Cannabis Counsel Matt Abel told the The Detroit Free Press that the decision effects multiple cases in which employees were wrongfully terminated for the use of medical marijuana.
“This decision is another acknowledgment that medical-marijuana users’ rights have been unfairly infringed.” -Matt Abel
Although the ruling still allows for employers to terminate employees for the use of medical marijuana, but they will not be barred from unemployment after termination. Michigan’s medical marijuana act passed back in 2008 with a provision that prohibits penalties for those who use medical marijuana legally. The right for employers to terminate is still in tact, but this provision disallows government from a similar course of action.
Although it’s not a total victory for Michigan residents, it does set an important precedent for the right to use medical marijuana. A similar storm is brewing in the Colorado Supreme court where Brandon Coats battling Dish Network over a wrongful termination back in 2010. As medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted as medicine, there are 23 states who will be looking for the right answer for both employers and patients.
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