Medical marijuana users risk job loss
another idea would be to reform this, although the drug companies rue the day, as do all the prisons since they have been privitized (gotta keep the streets clean of criminals like these)-
(CNN) -- When a rare form of cancer invaded Joseph Casias' nasal cavity and his brain, his doctor prescribed marijuana to help alleviate the daily pain.
Casias lives in Michigan, where medical marijuana is legal.
But his employer, Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, fired him in November 2009 after he failed a drug test.
Casias, 29, says he never came to work high. He's got a medical marijuana card to prove he's allowed to smoke legally in the state.
"I was angry they did this to me because I always tried my best," said Casias, who was employed at Wal-Mart for five years. He earned an Associate of the Year award in 2008. "I want my job back. I thought I was part of the Wal-Mart family."
To date, 14 states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, which shield legal users from criminalization but don't protect them from them penalties enforced by their employers. As more people are being prescribed marijuana across the nation, they are wrestling with a caveat: They could be fired.
Without laws defending medical marijuana users from employers' drug policies, Casias and a growing number of medical marijuana users are being let go from their jobs, says Keith Stroup on the legal counsel team of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He said his office, headquartered in Washington, receives about 300 e-mails and phone calls a year from medical marijuana users who have been fired or had job offers rescinded because of a failed drug test.
"Usually they talk about how they have lost their job," Stroup said. "And I tell them there's not a thing they can do about it."
this is brilliant!
take a 29 year old (probably dying of brain cancer) off the job market and paying taxes so we can put him in jail or support him on welfare for the rest of his life.
God bless george bush I, his war on drugs, and all his wackenhut friends.