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Michigan Attorney General Files Brief Supporting Employees Fired for Cannabis Use

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday filed an amicus brief with the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Commission (UIAC) arguing that employees fired solely for their off-the-clock cannabis use should still qualify for unemployment benefits.

The brief focuses on three cases before the UIAC and says the commission’s ruling will “directly impact many law-abiding Michigan workers who may be terminated for the use of marijuana.”

“The People reserved for themselves the personal freedom to consume and cultivate marijuana, and the State cannot deprive an individual of unemployment benefits for simply engaging in this legal activity. Employers still generally retain their ability to hire and fire at will, but Michigan employees need not question whether their legal, off-duty conduct will leave them without unemployment benefits should an employer exercise that ability. Arguments to the contrary hinge on outmoded understandings of marijuana that the People of Michigan have rejected, once and for all.”Nessel in the amicus brief

“Nobody over 21 can be penalized or denied any right or privilege solely for legally using marijuana, and employers cannot control their employees’ private lives by calling the legal use of marijuana outside of work hours ‘misconduct,’” Nessel added in a press release

In none of the three cases were the employees fired for being impaired on the clock or consuming cannabis on the property of their employer.

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Author: TG Branfalt

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Marshawn Lynch’s Cannabis Company Partners with Last Prisoner Project on Apprenticeship Program

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Marshawn Lynch’s cannabis company Dodi Blunts is partnering with the Last Prisoner Project on an apprenticeship program for justice-impacted individuals. The 90-day program will offer participants hands-on experience for a potential career in the cannabis industry.

The program is the first initiative between Dodi and the Last Prisoner Project since the company’s launch last year and since Lynch signed on to become a Last Prisoner Project ambassador.

“Last Prisoner Project is not just talking about second chances but really being about it. It only makes sense that those affected by their cannabis past have a chance to let it play a part of their futures too.” Lynch in a statement

Last Prisoner Project Managing Director Mary Bailey said it is “so important that these justice-impacted individuals are given a path forward” and that Dodi “stepped up to the plate in a way that we at Last Prisoner Project are so appreciative of and hope other cannabis companies will follow suit.”

Katree Saunders, the first apprentice under the program said she is “excited and thankful” to be the program’s first constituent. Saunders was convicted on federal charges of possession and intent to distribute cannabis in 2011.

“This opportunity with Marshawn and the Dodi brand means a lot to me after being a justice-impacted individual. Having recently graduated Columbia Business School for Entrepreneurship and being accepted to the apprenticeship program, I feel like I can be a shining example of what is possible after being affected by the collateral damage of this failed War on Drugs,” she said in a statement. “It’s the chance to be resilient while making a positive impact on the community. Just because you have been formerly incarcerated, doesn’t mean you have no goals or dreams you would like to accomplish. It has given me inspiration.”

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Author: TG Branfalt

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