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Medical Marijuana Use Doesn’t Apply At Work

DETROIT (WWJ) – A federal judge says Michigan’s medical-marijuana law doesn’t stop Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from firing an employee for drug use.

Joseph Casias worked at a Walmart in Battle Creek until testing positive for marijuana in 2009. 

Casias has a medical-marijuana card and said he smoked pot to alleviate symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.  Casias says he didn’t smoke marijuana at Walmart or work under the influence.

Judge Robert Jonker says the state’s 2008 law doesn’t regulate private employment. He says in a ruling Friday that it only bars authorities from prosecuting people for using marijuana.

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