By Jonathan Martin
Seattle Times staff reporter
Among the questions left unanswered by Washington’s medical-marijuana law: Can legal use of medical marijuana get you fired?
Thirteen years after voters approved its use, that question is likely to be answered by the Washington Supreme Court, which heard a test case on the issue last month.
It involves a woman fired by a Bremerton call center in 2006 because she failed a pre-employment drug test but had a valid authorization from a doctor.
The woman, identified in court by the pseudonym Jane Roe, used marijuana at night to treat migraines. The call center, Teletech Customer Care, offered no evidence that the use impaired her ability to work.
Michael Subit, Jane Roe’s Seattle attorney, argued before the state high court that such use is implicitly protected because voters legalized it. “It would flabbergast the average voter to think, ‘I’ve been given this right but can fired for it anyway,’ ” he said.
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