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(via High Times) After spraining his knee at work, former Wal-Mart employee Joseph Casias was given a drug test – standard operating procedure following a workplace injury. However, when the results came back positive for marijuana use, Casias was fired despite the fact that he is a legal medical marijuana patient in Michigan and uses cannabis to manage pain resulting from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.
Despite this, Wal-Mart decided to fire Casias – a former Associate of the Year – setting off a protests and plans for a nationwide boycott of the store.
Unbelievably, Casias, who has been collecting unemployment since his termination, recently was notified that Wal-Mart planned to challenge his eligibility. Thankfully a Wal-Mart spokesperson indicated that the company “will no longer object to Casias receiving those benefits.”
Additionally, the spokesperson called the situation “unfortunate” and offered the following explanation: “We’re sympathetic to Mr. Casias’ condition, but like other companies, we have to consider the overall safety of our customers and associates, including Mr. Casias, when making a difficult decision like this.” The spokesperson confirmed that Casias would not be offered his job
Editor’s note: I noticed in this very interesting article that Walmart sells Oxycontin (etc.) at $10 for a 90-day supply. I doubt Walmart would have any problem if he had been taking opiates.
The Marijuana Policy Project has called for a national boycott of Wal-Mart. The group’s director of state policies, Karen O’Keefe, added, “It’s despicable that Wal-Mart would fire such a hardworking and seriously ill employee simply for treating his symptoms with a medicine that he is authorized to use under state law.”
There may be room for legal action should Casias pursue it as Michigan offers some protections for employees who legally use medical marijuana. According to a spokesperson for Michigan’s Department of Community Health (the office that oversees the medical cannabis program), “You can’t discriminate against a person if you have a medical marijuana card, and if they use it for medicinal purposes.”