Wal-Mart Can Fire Man for Medical Marijuana Use
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Wal-Mart Can Fire Man for Medical Marijuana Use
Posted by CN Staff on February 11, 2011 at 15:59:30 PT
By Ed White, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Detroit -- Michigan law legalizing medical marijuana doesn't stop private businesses from firing people for drug use, a federal judge said Friday in dismissing a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker said the law, approved by voters in 2008, bars authorities from prosecuting people for marijuana use but doesn't tell private employers what to do.
Joseph Casias, 30, was an inventory-control manager at a Walmart in Battle Creek, 50 miles south of Lansing, until he tested positive for marijuana in 2009. He has a medical-marijuana card and smokes pot to alleviate symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer. Under Casias' theory of the case, "no private employer in Michigan could take any action against an employee based on an employee's use of medical marijuana," Jonker said. "This would create a new protected employee class in Michigan and mark a radical departure from the general rule of at-will employment." The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Casias, said it would appeal. "A choice between adequate pain relief and gainful employment is an untenable one that no patient should ever be forced to make," attorney Scott Michelman said. Wal-Mart said it was pleased with the decision and sympathetic to Casias' medical problems. "We have to consider the overall safety of our customers and associates, including Mr. Casias," spokesman Greg Rossiter said. "Until further guidance is available, we'll always default to what we believe is the safest environment." Casias, who was associate of the year at his store in 2008, declined to comment. He remains unemployed, ACLU spokesman Will Matthews said. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Ed White, Associated PressPublished: Friday, February 11, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 13, 2011 at 13:37:42 PT
I sure hope you get your country back.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on February 13, 2011 at 13:03:34 PT
Good News from the Great White North
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on February 12, 2011 at 07:53:04 PT
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You got that. By being legal medical cannabis users, the employees have medical condition (large or small). They are now subject to “justified” dismissals in order to get rid of the sick people that may work at the company. At first, I thought it was about medical cannabis use, but it’s all about corporate profits. Companies don’t make money by paying insurance benefits or keeping sick people on the payroll. Find any ways you can to keep the employees uncertain, uneasy, and confused. Make them feel grateful just to have any type of crummy, low wage, no benefits job. Get rid of them any way you can, and get new hires at lower wages. Yea!, corporate America, your greed is destroying the country.  
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on February 12, 2011 at 06:24:27 PT
It's a very effective way to get expensive cancer patients off of the health care plan. You simply fire them.Way to go WalmartAnd the judicial system backs them up.....sighCorporations have more freedom and liberty than human beings in the US.
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Comment #3 posted by Canis420 on February 11, 2011 at 23:09:09 PT:
My closet
All i got to say about all this shit is my walk in closet is smellin real good these days!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 11, 2011 at 20:38:28 PT
New York City
Marijuana Arrests in New York City Skyrocket to 15 Percent of Totalfrom International Business Times (NY), February 11, 2011More than 50,000 people were arrested last year in New York City for low-level marijuana offenses, according to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. Those 50,383 arrests represented 15 percent of all arrests by the New York Police Department. The 50,000-oplus figure is more marijuana arrests in one year than the number of similar arrests made by the New York Police Department over the entire period from 1978 to 1996, according to an analysis for the alliance done by Harry Levine, a sociology professor at Queens College. (Link to Story) 
Posted in: Arrests, College Aid, Marijuana Policy, Race, Youth
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on February 11, 2011 at 20:21:51 PT
this story and Egypt all in the same day
96 thousand have applied for mmj cards with MI and 
58 thousand have been issued 
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