Medical Marijuana User Who Sued Wal-Mart in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A federal judge in Michigan has heard arguments in the case of a medical marijuana user claiming a Walmart store wrongfully fired him after testing positive for the drug.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids is considering a motion by attorneys representing Joseph Casias to move the case back to state court and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s motion to dismiss the case.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart says it's sympathetic to Casias' condition but wants the case in federal court.

Casias was fired last year after five years working in Battle Creek. He says he was registered to use the drug to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.

Michigan voters approved medical marijuana use in 2008.


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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 17, 2010 at 03:14 AM
    Hey, last couple "Anonymous", seriously? Apparently you don't know how to read or are just like more than a few people I know who only "blah blah blah" about whatever's in their head without paying any attention to anything anyone else has said. My post stated clearly, as I've read elsewhere, this man was in a state of his disease where he was able to work and not drain the system and support his family but was still suffering from some of the effects which the marijuana he was partaking of was helping to alleviate without many of the debilitating side effects of the chemical-laden prescription drugs he'd been taking. Get your heads out of the sand or maybe 3 or so feet above it and stop being judgmental, ignorant idiots playing rebel keyboard jockey, talking out of haste and stupidity against people whose shoes you would stumble attempting to walk even one step in.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    Why was this guy still working, if he has incurable brain cancer, seems like the cancer society, welfare, Fed.disability all would have kicked in to help him. If he is so sick that he needs medical mary jane, then he shouldn't have been working in the first, second or third place. He should have been home, being cared for.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    If this person was sick enough to need medical marijuana why was he/she working in the first place? Should have been of medical leave, disability, etc. Sorry but if you can work you don't need marijuana.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    What is the difference between this guy who agree not to use drugs and those who agree not to smoke cigarettes while away from work. If they do either one, they give up their right to continue employment.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    And I see, yet again, that many have laid their ignorance cards out on the table. This man stated he never used marijuana while he was working. He was an employee who got regular recognition and promotions. Yes, he may have signed a policy agreement prior to his employement, a policy written outside of the state he resides in that, most likely, was written up prior to the overwhelming "yes" vote to allow medical marijuana to be accessed here in Michigan. When his drug test came back positive, he was within a state of his disease where he was still undergoing treatement, but he was healthy enough to work; you know, to try and support his family with an honest income, but let's punish him for that now too. More and more and more I see what an unfortunate lasting impact the old propaganda still carries in this modern age. It's sad how the sheep continue to follow the hateful, uninformed shepherds who choose to lie and demonize a substance that simply doesn't deserve it.
  • by Bill Location: Lansing, MI on Nov 14, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    I agree walmart is terrible employeer and I will never shop there again
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    You cant have people under the Influence of any drug that effects how you function at the work place. Because the first fork lift driver that runs over a human being, the first accident to occur while someone is under the influence of POT or Booze, will bring the COMPANY into a big law suit!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 at 03:49 AM
    If the guy is sick enough to need the drugs and be incapacitated, why was he showing up to work and being a danger to others?
  • by Elaine Location: Michigan on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    Here's yet another great reason for me to never shop there.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    The policy that he was fired on was what he agreed to when he was hired. It would be the same policy if the person would show up to work drunk or if he would not steal.
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