Oct 29, 2020
HACC Statement Regarding Commonwealth Court Ruling No. 654 C.D. 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is aware that the Commonwealth Court filed its ruling regarding case No. 654 C.D. 2019 on Oct. 29, 2020. The College originally brought this case to the Commonwealth Court so that we could have a clear determination of the law on the issue of the use of medical marijuana as a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act.
One of the College’s core values is inclusivity, and we take this value very seriously. We also need to be in compliance with applicable laws to effectively serve our students. From the beginning, we felt that the College had exceeded all legal requirements in this case. However, the situation presented a brand-new legal issue, without direct precedent to guide us. We are pleased that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has vindicated our stance and clarified this new area of Pennsylvania law. Should the state legislature change the legal requirements, we will, of course, comply with those changes.
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