Man Sues Over Medical Marijuana Job Suspension
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Man Sues Over Medical Marijuana Job Suspension
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2014 at 09:48:25 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Newark, N.J. -- A New Jersey Transit clerk who was suspended for using medical marijuana to treat his end-stage renal failure has sued the agency. The suit filed by Charlie Davis, 57, may be the first of its kind in New Jersey, where medical marijuana has been legally available since 2012.Davis said the drug helps ease pain in his nerve-damaged legs and makes it easier to sleep. According to the lawsuit filed in March in state court in Newark, Davis was bumped from his job as a procurement clerk by a more senior employee in December. He applied for a position in the field as a railroad block operator.
When he went to a required physical for the job, he said, he was told it would require a drug test.He said he disclosed that he was using medical marijuana as a treatment recommended by a doctor, and that he was willing to apply for a different position - one not deemed safety-sensitive like the block operator position - if that was a problem. His lawyer said he never drove buses or trains and did not go to work while high.But he said the agency's medical director told him he had to be given a drug test after his admission. When it came back as positive, he says, he was told he could not work at any job for the agency unless he went to drug rehabilitation first.NJ Transit spokesman John Durso told The Star-Ledger -- -- that even though the drug is legal for certain patients in the state, it's prohibited under Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration guidelines. He said that the federal Transportation Department does not consider marijuana use to be acceptable, even when it's allowed by state law for people with medical conditions.Courts have sided with employers in similar cases elsewhere.Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger: http://www.nj.comSource: Associated Press (Wire) Published:  April 4, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana  Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Swazi-X on April 04, 2014 at 14:18:14 PT
Renal Failure Has Been Cured By Fresh Cannabis
A friend had terminal kidney disease, diagnosed by 3 different doctors in 2 states over a span of 3 years or so. All told her to get her affairs in order because there was nothing they could do for her.She began eating fresh cannabis in daily smoothies, as well as smoking and eating edibles and tincture like she had done for years.2 months after starting fresh cannabis, her kidney numbers improved for the first time since she was diagnosed. A couple months later and her kidneys function normally. The only difference in her life was eating fresh cannabis - about 7gm/day - in a smoothie. Her doctors called it "spontaneous remission". She was eating both high-THC and high-CBD (Harlequin) cannabis fresh - frozen immediately after harvest, never dried and never heated. Drying changes the properties and makes it psychoactive. Eating it fresh does not get you high.All this to say - if Charlie Davis reads this, start eating fresh cannabis. If you can't find any then visit CO or CA and find some there - if you can make it to CA, post something here and I will help you. I don't know if it will cure you like it did my friend, but there is a chance and it's worth a shot.
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