March 18, 2010

Wal-Mart Fires a Medical Marijuana Patient

In Michigan it is legal for Joseph Casias to smoke marijuana, because he is a medical marijuana patient. Still, when he tested positive after a knee injury while working at Wal-Mart, they fired him. This isn't the first time this has happened, but it's a reminder to many that marijuana still has a ways to go.

The Marijuana Policy Project or MPP is calling for a boycott of Wal-Mart. As if it wasn't enough that they are believed to treat their employees terribly, they won't even let them get high. Even if they need to. This is a good time for marijuana users to capitalize on the power of their purchases and do their best to make some noise.

Early this year Starbucks was almost boycotted for supposedly supporting a organization that wanted to end the medical use of marijuana. Starbucks cleared things up immediately in a press conference, denying any support of that organization. The only way for Wal-Mart can fix it's problems is to amend their policy.

Joseph Casias has both sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor. He supplements his pain medication with marijuana as prescribed by his doctor. It helps "control" his pain. He and a group of supporters plan to protest outside his former workplace until they change their policy.

The argument for Wal-Mart's decision is that because marijuana is illegal on the federal level, they could be sued if they allowed a marijuana user to work for them and he caused damage or an injury. If their fear is loosing money they might find that it's going to happen either way.

"In states such as Michigan, where prescriptions for marijuana can be obtained, an employer can still enforce a policy that requires termination of employment following a positive drug screen..." That's what Wal-Mart had to say to the inquiring minds at MSNBC.

Here More on the Joseph Casias Story - MSNBC.com
Here More on the Starbucks Story - Katu.com

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