Utilizing medical marijuana is authorized in Florida, nevertheless it’s not welcomed by all employers. It’s leaving some folks in a combat for his or her job or their well being.
Allison Enright was fired by a Florida faculty district for medical marijuana use. She says medical marijuana modified her life for higher and for worse. She took a physician’s recommendation and stopped utilizing opioids to assist her deal with fibromyalgia and different points.
“Since that point, not solely do I stroll unassisted, I run, I work out, I’ve vitality, I’ve my character again,’ Enright mentioned.
That allowed her to return to work as a trainer at House Coast Junior-Senior Excessive Faculty. That was the higher.
Right here’s the more serious: Two months in the past, a scholar knocked her down. She filed for employee’s compensation, which meant she needed to take a drug take a look at.
“I reported to workman’s comp that I’d take a look at constructive for THC as a result of I’m on a U.S. medical marijuana,” Enright mentioned.
The college board in Brevard County determined to fireplace Enright.
Like native faculty districts, Brevard determined her use of medical marijuana violated the district’s drug-free coverage and federal regulation.
And that would threaten federal funding.
“I felt like a prison,” Enright mentioned. “I felt like I had executed one thing flawed for simply making an attempt to grow to be wholesome.”
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried desires the state to guard folks like Enright.
“And people are people who find themselves utilizing it for a greater high quality of life and to get off of different pharmaceutical medicine,” Fried mentioned.
An employment professional informed us corporations have the appropriate to find out their very own work guidelines.
“If they’ve a drug-free office coverage in place, then, it’s going to be laborious for them to not decide and select who they’re going to fireplace, who they’re not going to fireplace,” mentioned Scott Atwood, and employment lawyer at Hendeson Franklin.
Enright mentioned she’s going to proceed to combat to get her job again.
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