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May 26, 2023, 4:45 PM

Walmart Beats New Jersey Pot User’s Suit Over Lost Job Offer

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

A New Jersey law legalizing recreational marijuana use doesn’t allow workers to sue employers for job discrimination, a federal judge ruled on an issue of first impression.

The ruling Thursday by the US District Court for the District of New Jersey granted a win to Wal-Mart Stores East LLC in a lawsuit by Erick Zanetich under the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act. CREAMMA didn’t expressly include a private right of action under its provisions and no other court had previously considered whether it “provides an implied” right, the ruling said.

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