Following the sacking of a Wal-Mart worker after the revelation that he was a marijuana consumer, American Civil Liberties Union has registered a suit against the company.
Wal-Mart had terminated Joseph Casias in November, last year, after finding that he could not get through a harm-related drug examination while working.
Casias has been suffering from cancer in brain and nasal cavity. He was asked to undertake the regular consumption of marijuana, in order to survive.
He is one in more than 20,000 medical marijuana consumers across Michigan. The pain he suffered could only be relaxed by the use of medical marijuana.
Scott Michelman, staff lawyer with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, said that medical marijuana has saved Joseph’s life, yielding useful results. He accused Wal-Mart of being unfair to him.
"No patient should be forced to choose between adequate pain relief and gainful employment, and no employer should be allowed to intrude upon private medical choices”, he argued.
ACLU has filed the suit in Calhoun County Circuit Court in Michigan. Already, a number of state officials are deliberating over the justifications on the medical use of marijuana. As of now, nearly 14 states across the country permit the medical use of the drug.