Protect Medical Marijuana Users from Workplace Discrimination

Target: Jared Polis, Colorado Congressman.

Goal: Stop allowing employees to be fired for the use of medical marijuana.

In 2015 a quadriplegic man was fired from his position at Dish Network after failing a random drug test. He was prescribed medical marijuana, yet was still found to be in violation of the company’s drug policy. There was no dishonesty involved and no drug use on the job. This is just one case where a legitimate prescribed substance has cost an innocent person their livelihood. Unfortunately, there are no legal protections for medical marijuana users when it comes to employment.

Marijuana has been accepted as having a legitimate medical use in 29 states and the District of Columbia, yet federally it’s still illegal.  THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is metabolized very slowly. It’s known to stay in the urine for weeks, leading to positive drug test results long after the initial use. That slow bodily processing is exactly why medical marijuana users are being unfairly penalized in the workplace. They never needed to be under the influence of any substance while on the clock, yet they can lose their jobs and end up homeless just for following their physician’s instructions. Sign this petition to protect medical marijuana patients from being unfairly terminated.


Dear Mr. Polis,

Medical marijuana users can be terminated from their places of employment for simply using their prescribed medications in their off hours. These people suffer from painful medical conditions, and their physicians have decided that medical marijuana is the best course of treatment for them. The patients are not degenerates, they’re simply trying to get through each day and fulfill their responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is employment. A large amount of the homeless population is disabled in some way, and that could easily be the future of anyone fired for their medical marijuana use.

If someone is not impaired or a danger in other ways while on the clock, they should not face punishment. A person’s medical information should be between that person and their doctor, not their employer. Nobody should have to choose between their health and their livelihood, yet people are being forced to make that choice every day. There needs to be a law written preventing employers from firing innocent people just for using their prescribed medications. Please take action to protect medical marijuana users from termination.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    have a safe work

  2. Pretty messed up laws. But companies need to have some common sense about this. It’s nonsensical and cruel to fire these people. They are not using it on the job, so what’s their problem??

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