Cancer Patient Fired By Walmart For Medical Marijuana Use Loses His Appeal The 420 Times Staff September 20, 2012 Activism, Exclusive Web Content, Medical Marijuana News, Politics, The War On Drugs The Walmart employee in Michigan who was fired for his medical marijuana use – Joseph Casias – has lost the latest appeal of his wrongful termination lawsuit, this time in a Michigan Appeals court. The court on Wednesday upheld a decision by a federal judge in Grand Rapids, who said Wal-Mart Stores could fire an employee who tested positive for marijuana. 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. – Joe Klare – make sure you check out our brand new Forums and our “Stop The Ban in L.A.” Facebook page! 3 Responses Chris Shepherd September 21, 2012 Sec. 4. (a) A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act, provided that the qualifying patient possesses an amount of marihuana that does not exceed 2.5 ounces of usable marihuana, and, if the qualifying patient has not specified that a primary caregiver will be allowed under state law to cultivate marihuana for the qualifying patient, 12 marihuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. Any incidental amount of seeds, stalks, and unusable roots shall also be allowed under state law and shall not be included in this amount. Log in to Reply M Kaye September 24, 2012 What jurisdiction is that law from? Anything like that in the state of California? Log in to Reply M Kaye September 24, 2012 m kaye email@example.com Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.