ACLU Sues Wal-Mart over Medical Marijuana Dismissal

| July 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit against the huge national retailer Wal-Mart; the case revolves around Wal-Mart firing a father of two Joseph Casias, who had worked at the retailer’s Battle Creek, Michigan store for five years.

Michigan voters passed a law back in 2008 allowing the use of the drug in medical cases, and Casias had been using it under his oncologist’s advice since. Casias has a brain tumor as well as sinus cancer, and the pain relief he got from the drug helped him, states the ACLU’s case.

An attorney with the ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project, Scott Michelman, said that it isn’t fair that any “patient should have 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.”

Greg Rossiter, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, was sympathetic with Casias’ plight, but he still defended the company’s decision to dismiss him, citing concerns for the store’s other workers and its customers. Michigan is among those that are at-will employment state, which means that an employer can fire any of its workers as long as they aren’t protected by federal law.

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