Joseph Casias was an inventory-control manager at a Walmart in Battle Creek until he tested positive for marijuana in 2009. He has a Michigan medical-marijuana card and uses pot to alleviate symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.
Wal-Mart says marijuana use conflicts with its safety policy in stores.
The appeals court says the state medical marijuana law provides some immunity in criminal cases, but it doesn’t offer protection to people in the workplace.
A shame for Joseph, and this story really highlights how careful advocates have to be when drafting potential medical marijuana laws. Specific protections for everyone who uses medical marijuana have to be included. Patients with jobs can find themselves unemployed if their state’s medical marijuana law doesn’t include a provision protecting them.