Company to appeal decision in medical marijuana lawsuit

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A Rhode Island textile company plans to appeal a ruling that said it discriminated against a woman by denying her an internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches.

In a decision released Tuesday, a Superior Court judge found that the Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. had violated a state law designed to prevent discrimination against legal medical marijuana users.

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The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Christine Callaghan. The complaint said the University of Rhode Island graduate student negotiated a paid internship with Darlington Fabrics in 2014 but lost it after disclosing she held a medical marijuana card.

Darlington Fabrics' attorney said Wednesday the firm will appeal to the state's highest court.