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Headlines: Colorado Woman Financially Punished for Dead Husband’s Legal Pot Smoking

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Headlines: Colorado Woman Financially Punished for Dead Husband’s Legal Pot Smoking

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A Colorado widow with three children is being financially punished because her deceased husband smoked legal marijuana. Erika Lee’s husband Adam was killed on the job, crushed beneath an escalator at the Loveland ski resort. [LEE CLIP: “He got caught on the Magic Carpet, and when the Magic Carpet stopped, they just started it again and again and again — seven times total.”] Now his employer wants to withhold half of her workman’s comp death benefits because 41 nanograms per milliliter of THC was found in his blood. John Sandberg, an administrative law judge with Colorado’s Department of Labor, explained how that’s perfectly legal. [SANDBERG CLIP: “As it stands now, with a positive test result, an employer has the right to reduce those benefits.”] Though Colorado law defines a driver with just five nanograms of THC to be presumably impaired, there is no science to show someone at even eight times that level is necessarily impaired. Regardless, Colorado law allows the reduction in death benefits for any amount of THC detected, imperiling any legal cannabis consumer in the state.

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