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Nessel: Don't deny unemployment for pot use outside work

Nessel says people fired from their jobs for using marijuana outside the workplace still should be eligible for unemployment benefits.
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel attends an event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in Clawson, Mich., Monday, March 18, 2019. The Michigan attorney general's office has settled a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians. Under the settlement announced Friday, March 22, 2019 the state says it will enforce non-discrimination provisions in its foster care and adoption agency contracts. Nessel initiated settlement talks. She says discrimination in foster care and adoption services is "illegal." (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says in a filing before the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Commission that people fired from their jobs for using marijuana outside the workplace still should be eligible for unemployment benefits. 

The brief was filed Monday and focuses on three cases currently consolidated before the board. It says the commission's ruling will "directly impact many law-abiding Michigan workers who may be terminated for the use of marijuana." 

Nessel points to Michigan voters' approval in 2018 for making recreational marijuana use legal in the state.

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