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Medical Patient Sues Company over Discriminatory Practices

In Rhode Island a gavel sits next to a prescription bottle spilled over with mmj as a student sues a company for discrimination as she uses mmj to treat her migraines.

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Medical Patient Sues Company over Discriminatory Practices

A graduate student in Rhode Island is taking matters into her own hands after being denied consideration for an internship at a fabric company due to her use of cannabis as a medical treatment for her frequent migraines.

Christine Callagan has sought legal assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union and has filed a lawsuit against Darlington Fabrics Corp, a textile company located in the city of Westerly. According to reports, the company refused to give her a position as summer intern after she disclosed that she was a legal medical marijuana patient. Following an interview that otherwise indicated that she had snagged the position, employees from the corporation called to inform her that couldn’t work there due to her use of cannabis.

In the court filing, the lawsuit says Darlington’s failure to hire Callagan based on her medical condition was a direct violation of state law that protects qualified medical marijuana patients from employment discrimination. She is seeking for unspecified damages and legal fees.

“People with disabilities simply cannot be denied equal employment opportunities on the basis of the type of medication required to treat their particular condition,” Callagan said.

Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in 2006 but this may be the first case of its kind in the state. Despite medical marijuana being legal in a number of states, there are still many hoops that must be jumped through and even more hurdles to overcome for people who use cannabis to treat their ailments. Even though they have gone through all the steps to legally qualify as a patient including getting written permission from a doctor and registering with the state, many patients still face discrimination.
Have you been discriminated against in a professional setting due to your use of cannabis? Share your experience in the comments.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tammy

    November 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I was reticently hired (given a start date) went through an entire hiring process and was technically hired for a week for a company that was aware of my condition and medical marijuana use. Then I was told that the company had spoke with their attorney and they decided that they could not have me work for them. I was told it was a formality and that I was a liability.
    This job would have been life changing for me and my family. For our well being. I feel I was not treated fairly and I am very disturbed by the lack of rights for someone with a medical marijuana license. I wish something could be done about this. I don’t know where to turn.

    • tony Hughes

      November 18, 2014 at 1:44 am

      @medical use preseved the right to process your own grown medical marijuana into something that will treat your mind medical condition preseved.

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