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Patients who are OK'd for medical marijuana are finding out the hard way that it doesn't necessarily mean employers are OK with their prescriptions, Bakersfield TV station KGET reported.
The California Supreme Court ruled a company that fired an employee for using medical marijuana was within its rights. Employers must argue that the pot impairs the employee from doing their job — and the decision doesn't just apply to patients carrying a card, but to pain killers and other medicines that could have adverse affects on performance.
However, if an anti-drug policy isn't in place and the employees don't know about it, workers on prescription medicines have a good chance contesting their employer in court.
San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno proposed a bill in the spring to protect medical marijuana users from being fired from their job, but he later indefinitely delayed it.
Is it fair that patients with a prescription — not just medical marijuana patients, but patients using other pain medicines as well — could be fired from their job for following their doctor's advice?