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Carol Whitmire worked at Walmart for 8 years, but was fired for using medical marijuana

By MarketWatch

One woman’s story reveals the tricky legal terrain surrounding medical marijuana and workplace protectionsRead full story

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  • Very unfortunate situation and I’m sure not the last. There’s no doubt about that, hopefully this can set the tone for other cases until there’s a change.

  • There are going to be a lot more cases like this...

  • Bizarrely does this means that a patient with a prescription for legal opioids so long as there's no safety issue is immune. Somtimes I wonder how safe the economy is .

  • They should have had to give her her job back. If she has permission to use marijuana legally in her state she should not be penalized.

    She also disclosed the fact that used it prior to the test. The fact that were she using an opioid, which is far more dangerous and addictive a drug, she would still

    They should have had to give her her job back. If she has permission to use marijuana legally in her state she should not be penalized.

    She also disclosed the fact that used it prior to the test. The fact that were she using an opioid, which is far more dangerous and addictive a drug, she would still be employed by Walmart is also not lost on me. We have to get marijuana legalized federally.

  • Do drugs and go to hell. That's my motto.

  • Again, as previously stated, every employer has legal standing to implement and enforce policy and procedure regarding intoxicants in the workplace. There can be no case by case interpretation of violations.

    It is the employee's responsibility to comply. Impairment on duty cannot be tolerated, the risks

    Again, as previously stated, every employer has legal standing to implement and enforce policy and procedure regarding intoxicants in the workplace. There can be no case by case interpretation of violations.

    It is the employee's responsibility to comply. Impairment on duty cannot be tolerated, the risks to the employer are too great.

  • Absurd, but still legal...

  • alcohol is a drug

  • There is a difference between what is ethical and what is legal. Moreover even ethics change with social mores. What is right and wrong is often determined by human bias and prevailing social standards.

  • Is anyone from NJ ? I have a friend with a similar case and is in dire straits to find an attorney willing to help. Can someone help me lead them in the right direction to an attorney that wants to sincerely help and help change the law as well as I’m sure get paid a decent chunk as well from a law suit.

  • John Gray-

    In Texas, Nurses who have a prescription for opioids can be evaluated by employers or The Board on a "case by case" basis for impairment. This reactionary policy seems worse than termination of employment for marijuana, but that's how it reads.

  • Why are they still testing for Marijuana? The demonization of weed is ridiculous in this day and age. They should be testing for alcoholism if they are looking for unstable people

  • Employers have to worry that their employees will do something wrong under the influence.

  • immoral

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