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Medical Marijuana: Smoking pot can get you fired

Posted Aug 25 2008 3:07pm
Twelve states have made medical marijuana use legal, but it appears the law that protects does not extend to the workplace. The California Supreme Court has ruled a medical marijuana user can be fired from their job for failing a company mandated drug test.

Medical marijuana use is a complicated and contradictory issue. Legal in 12 states. Illegal in other states. Illegal on the federal level, the US Supreme Court has stated the Bush administration can prohibit the backyard cultivation of pot for personal use, because marijuana use has broader social and financial implications, according to CNN . A federal appeals court stand is medical marijuana users can be subject to arrest and marijuana confiscation.

Medical marijuana is prescribed for a number of conditions. The side effects of slash and burn chemotherapy can be debilitating, and some cancer patients report marijuana relieves nausea and the resulting lack of appetite associated with chemotherapy treatment when traditional anti-nausea drugs fail. As with any drug, a compassionate ruling would not make criminals out of those who suffer. Your thoughts?
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