US MI: Medical Marijuana Patient Fired, Now Suing

Pubdate: Wed, 30 Jun 2010
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)
Copyright: 2010 Battle Creek Enquirer
Author: Elizabeth Willis, The Enquirer
Referenced: Casias v. Wal-Mart
Cited: Wal-Mart
Cited: ACLU of Michigan
Referenced: Michigan law


Battle Creek Man Taking Wal-Mart to Court

On the steps of the Calhoun County Justice Center, Joseph Casias said
Tuesday it was unfair of his former Battle Creek employer to fire him
for legally using marijuana to treat his chronic pain.

On Casias’ behalf, state and national branches of the American Civil
Liberties Union along with St. Joseph attorney Daniel Grow filed a
lawsuit Tuesday morning in Calhoun County Circuit Court against
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. alleging his wrongful termination in November.

Casias, 30, had undergone a routine drug screening after spraining
his knee on the job. He was not under the influence of marijuana at
the time, according to the lawsuit, but the urine screen later
revealed the Calhoun County man had used marijuana sometime in the
previous days or weeks.

He then told his employers he was registered in Michigan to use
marijuana for chronic pain caused by an inoperable brain tumor and
previous sinus cancer treatments, ACLU spokeswoman Rana Elmir said.
At first his bosses told him that was fine, but shortly thereafter
terminated his employment.

“I feel like I’m being treated like a felon,” Casias said.