Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Man sues Wal-Mart over MMJ use

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Joseph Casias
  • Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
  • Joseph Casias

In our last issue of "ReLeaf," we told you about Joseph Casias from Michigan, a former Wal-Mart employee of the year, who was fired for testing positive for marijuana after a workplace injury.

Today, the Associated Press is reporting that Casias, with the help of the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union, is suing Wal-Mart.

Casias, 30, said he didn't use marijuana at work or come to work under the influence. Scott Michelman, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the lawsuit aims to test the extent that Michigan's law protects employees.

"No patient should be forced to choose between adequate pain relief and gainful employment, and no employer should be allowed to intrude upon private medical choices made by employees in consultation with their doctors," Michelman said.

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