High and Fired

Absent legal protection, medical marijuana users are still subject to company drug policies which can result in being fired for drug use.

Absent legal protection, medical marijuana users are still subject to company drug policies which can result in being fired for drug use. "To date, 14 states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, which shield legal users from criminalization but don't protect them from them penalties enforced by their employers. As more people are being prescribed marijuana across the nation, they are wrestling with a caveat: They could be fired. Without laws defending medical marijuana users from employers' drug policies, Casias and a growing number of medical marijuana users are being let go from their jobs, says Keith Stroup on the legal counsel team of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He said his office, headquartered in Washington, receives about 300 e-mails and phone calls a year from medical marijuana users who have been fired or had job offers rescinded because of a failed drug test. 'Usually they talk about how they have lost their job,' Stroup said. 'And I tell them there's not a thing they can do about it.'"

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