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Medical marijuana user loses workplace case in appeals court

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling could reinforce zero-tolerance workplace rules for marijuana even in cases in which a person has a medical marijuana card.

The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday's ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Angela Eplee of Dimondale, who had said that the Lansing Board of Water and Light rescinded a 2017 job offer after she tested positive for marijuana even though she had a card allowing her to use the drug.

The board denied the test result was the reason for withdrawing the offer.

The trial court's dismissal of the case was upheld by the appeals court.

Eplee's attorney is reviewing the decision.

Michigan voters approved marijuana use in 2008 for some chronic medical conditions.

They voted last year to approve it for recreational use.


High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections, as the Trump administration spars with conservation groups on the same crucial environmental question.

The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well to certain bodies of water such as rivers and lakes that are called “navigable waters.”

The issue the Supreme Court agreed to decide involves whether permits are required under the law when the pollutant is released into soil or groundwater but later reaches navigable waters.
The case involves treated wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Hawaii.

More than a dozen states and the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.

The court’s decision to hear the case comes as the Trump administration separately is proposing to rewrite the federal interpretation of what wetlands and waterways fall under the protections of the Clean Water Act. The proposal would be one of the administration’s biggest environmental rollbacks.


Police: Man says he stole Pepsi truck to get to the airport

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an Oklahoma man stole a Pepsi truck as the driver was unloading soda in the back.

Tulsa police say no one was hurt. The driver jumped out of the back when he felt his rig move. A trail of sodas spilled out as the truck drove off.

Police say Steven Hart told them he was trying to get to the airport after an argument with his girlfriend.

Police say that when they caught up to the truck stopped in traffic, Hart jumped out and started to run off. He was arrested as the rig rolled into the back of a school bus.

No children were aboard.

Hart is being held on pending charges that include larceny and attempted escape from the county jail as he was being booked into custody.

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