This is a lawsuit on behalf of a URI graduate student who was denied summer employment as a paid intern at Darlington Fabrics in Westerly because of her status as a registered medical marijuana user. The lawsuit argues that “a potential employer’s failure to hire a medical marijuana patient because of, or related to, his or her status as a medical marijuana user and/or cardholder” constitutes disability discrimination in violation of the RI Civil Rights Act, and also violates the medical marijuana law, which protects cardholders from discrimination in employment. Current Status: In May 2017, R.I. Superior Court Justice Richard Licht ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The ruling is being appealed.



Carly Beauvais Iafrate

Date filed

November 12, 2014