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Michigan court to take look at jobless pay for pot users

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DETROIT (AP) - Can workers who are fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana get unemployment benefits?

The state appeals court has agreed to tackle the issue in the months ahead. One case involves a hospital employee in Charlotte, Michigan, while another involves a forklift driver in Grand Rapids.

Jenine Kemp and Rick Braska were fired after their employers learned they used medical marijuana. Drug use violated company policy.

The issue is not whether Kemp and Braska can be fired. That already has been settled in favor of employers in another case. But Kemp and Braska say medical marijuana is legal in Michigan and they still should be entitled to jobless benefits.

Judges have ruled in their favor. The attorney general's office wants the appeals court to overturn those decisions.

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