Public Health Law Blog Archive

Nov 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Federal Court Recognizes State Employment Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients

posted on Fri, Nov 30 2018 12:08 pm by Haley Augur and James G. Hodge, Jr.

Recently, a federal district court in Connecticut diverged from precedent to rule for an employee whose medical cannabis use resulted in a blatant rescission of a prospective job offer. According to the court in Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., d/b/a Bride Brook Nursing & Rehab. Ctr. (Bride Brook), Connecticut’s legal protections from discrimination for employees lawfully using medical cannabis are not barred by contrary federal legal provisions. The holding differs from prior state court decisions finding that employers generally have no duty to accommodate medical cannabis patients.

Read More | Comments

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Driver's License Suspensions and Health

posted on Wed, Nov 7 2018 1:53 pm by Kathi Hoke

Many states allow for license suspension as a punishment for non-payment of fees and fines related to traffic offenses. These suspensions often have significant public health impacts, some of which seem obvious—people need transportation to access medical care and medicines, which of course, has an effect on public health. But a closer look reveals a plethora of other negative consequences that impact public health.  

Read More | Comments