Stand Up For Wrongfully Fired Medical Marijuana User

Target: U.S. Court of Appeals

Goal: Reinstate the lawsuit against Wal-Mart for wrongfully firing an employee for legally using medical marijuana

Joseph Casias of Battle Creek, Michigan was never anything but a model employee. But when he tested positive for marijuana after a routine drug screening, Wal-Mart fired him on the spot–even though he had a legal prescription for the drug. Wal-Mart had no legal grounds for terminating his employment, yet all lawsuits charging them with wrongfully firing Casias have been thrown out of court. Now, the ACLU is fighting to make sure that the manager of the Battle Creek Wal-Mart is punished for his actions–and to see that Casias gets his job back.

When Casias started experiencing debilitating pain as a result of a softball-sized brain tumor, traditional painkillers didn’t help. His doctors prescribed the strongest possible medications, but they only provided slight relief while also causing severe nausea. Casias–a cancer patient of more than ten years–thought that he had tried everything to alleviate his pain. But when voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, his oncologist suggested he try the formerly illegal drug. It worked wonders to improve Casias’s condition as he found himself nearly free from pain and gaining back some of the weight he had lost during the course of cancer treatment. Unfortunately, it also cost him his job, even though he only took the medicine at home as required by the law.

No one should have to choose between their job and their health. Employees who use marijuana for medical purposes have the same right to employment under the law as anyone who takes any other kind of medicine. Ask the appeals court to honor the law that protects medical marijuana patients from disciplinary action at their workplaces. Sign the petition below.


Dear U.S. Court of Appeals,

When the manager of the Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, Michigan fired Joseph Casias for testing positive for marijuana, he broke the law that protects medical marijuana patients from disciplinary action at their place of work. Yet all charges against the store’s manager have thus far been thrown out of court. Casias, who has been battling cancer for more than a decade and needs medical marijuana to manage overwhelming pain, deserves justice for his wrongful termination.

Patients like Casias often find that no other medicines but marijuana work to alleviate their symptoms. As a result, voters decided in 2008 to make marijuana legal for medical purposes. Per Michigan law and workplace standards, Casias was never under the influence of the drug while at work. He complied precisely with the law, yet the results of a mandatory workplace drug test still rendered him jobless.

Medical marijuana patients like Casias deserve justice when their employers fire them illegally. I ask that you reinstate the ACLU’s case against Wal-Mart in Michigan state court.

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sterling Voth says:

    We deplore the illegal firing of a very sick patient getting relief through marijuana treatment. What a vile corporation to take such actions and need to correct their actions now.

  2. Amber Thompson says:

    The narcotic medicines, are addictive, Marijuana is not.

  3. Walmart is well known for ignoring workers rights. I have never read anything good about Walmart. They are a corporate giant that intimidates and undercuts prices of their competitors even to the point of losing money. They eventually drive the small businesses out and then they have the monopoly. They have done it time and time again. I have not shopped there in years.

  4. While I am 100% FOR legalization for medical and recreation use, I do realize that it hasn’t been passed at a federal level and companies can still terminate an employee for failing a drug test. I do not agree with this, but it’s not illegal for them to do it. Federal law will always outweigh state law and I don’t see legalization happening at a federal level, unfortunately.

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