MI Case Tests Whether Worker Can Be Fired For Legal Pot Use


If a new medical marijuana lawsuit reaches the Michigan Court of Appeals or state Supreme Court, it could produce a precedent-setting decision that affects employers and patients, whose jobs may be at risk even when legally using the drug, reports the Detroit Free Press. Joseph Casias, 30, who legally uses marijuana, sued Wal-Mart after being fired for testing positive for pot during a drug test.

A Wal-Mart spokesman last week said that the corporation has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug use and follows federal law, under which marijuana is illegal. Kurt McCammon, a lawyer who specialize in employment law, said the case may help determine whether “an employer in the state of Michigan is required to permit an employee to use medical marijuana outside the workplace and then come into the workplace with some levels of marijuana in their system.”

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