NM woman sues employer over medical marijuana

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico physician's assistant who is also a medical marijuana patient says Presbyterian Healthcare Services violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

Donna Smith is suing the health care provider in state district court. Her attorney filed a motion last week seeking a hearing date.

Smith worked briefly for Presbyterian until a urine test came back positive for marijuana.

She submitted her doctor's note and state-issued medical marijuana card, but Presbyterian officials said providers were not allowed to participate in the medical marijuana program.

A military veteran, Smith was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and later began using medical marijuana to treat her symptoms.

She and her attorney argue that employers should not be able to limit workers' access to treatment options that are legal under state law.

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