Employer loses suit after refusing to hire medical marijuana user for internship

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  • A Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled against a local fabrics company after a woman alleged the business refused to hire her for an internship due to her use of medical marijuana, The Providence Journal reports. 
  • An unsuccessful applicant to a 2014 summer internship with Darlington Fabrics Corp. alleged the company violated Rhode Island's medical marijuana law, which prohibits discrimination in employment. Lawyers for the employer argued that the law did not give individuals who felt discriminated against "a private right of action" to sue. Darlington also said the law forces it to condone an act the federal government maintains as illegal.
  • The judge in the case sided with the plaintiff, saying the law does imply a private right of action. The text of the ruling said the plaintiff did not properly distinguish between nonmedical and medical use of marijuana, and that the private actions of an
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