BATTLE CREEK -- The American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a cancer patient who says he was unfairly fired from the company for using medical marijuana. ACLU attorney Dan Korobkin tells us that 30 year-old Joseph Casias was granted permission to use medical marijuana by his doctor not long after Michigan voters made the practice legal.
Casias was a stock manager for the Battle Creek Walmart when he had a minor accident on the job, and a subsequent drug test turned up the marijuana. Wal-Mart says that the situation is unfortunate, but it had no choice but to fire him. Korobkin says that the state's medical marijuana law specifically protects users from being punished. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday seeks the return of Casias' job, as well as compensation for wages lost.