An administrative judge in Texas has ruled in favor of a high school teacher who was at risk of having her license suspended after she tested positive for marijuana two years ago, according to the New York Times.

Maryam Roland was in Colorado for Christmas vacation in 2014 when she consumed a marijuana edible. She later tested positive for marijuana while teaching in Texas, and she admitted to having eaten the edible. She resigned in February of 2015, but according to the Times, if she had received the license suspension, she might not have been able to teach again in the future.

From the Times:

“But William G. Newchurch, the administrative law judge at the administrative hearings office, said that punishing Ms. Roland, 39, would be like taking action against someone who had gambled at a casino in Nevada and then returned to Texas, where gambling is illegal.”

Though the judge ruled in Roland’s favor, the State Board for Educator Certification could still suspend her after its own investigation.

This case brings to attention the confusion facing many employers and employees when it comes to different states having different marijuana laws. It also highlights the problem with employers punishing people for what they do when they’re not at work, regardless of if it affects their ability to work.

You won’t see an employer saying someone should be fired for having a couple cocktails on a Tuesday night, but if you smoke a joint instead, you might soon be unemployed. This even happens in states where marijuana is entirely legal.

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