A man by the name of Joseph Casias was recently fired from his job at Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, MI after testing positive for marijuana on a work drug test.
What makes this story interesting and or a little sad is that Joseph a prior, â€œassociate of the yearâ€ suffers from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor. Joseph had been prescribed marijuana to help cope with his disease and had a state issued drug card that showed he was a legal medical marijuana user. He showed that card at his place of work and they showed him his test results and then they showed him the door.
Yeah, that kinda makes Wal-Mart look like an evil empire doesnâ€™t it? But wait, medical marijuana though considered legal in some states is still considered illegal by the federal government. And shouldnâ€™t a company have the right to have a drug free policy at work? The guy had to have known he could be randomly drug tested, right? He had to agree to those terms at hire. And what is the deal with medical marijuana anyway? Do you have any idea how easy it is to get a medical marijuana card in the states that issue them? Trust me itâ€™s easy. Letâ€™s just say that you definitely donâ€™t need to have cancer. While some people may actually receive benefit from the effects of cannabis, I am pretty darn sure that an even larger population is indulging for purely recreational reasons while calling it medicine.
What do you think? Was Wal-Mart wrong for firing this employee? Should companies in states that allow medicinal marijuana be allowed to tell employees that they canâ€™t smoke on or off the job? Or should we just legalize it altogether and quit playing alt-med marijuana card games?
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