This could give those long-opposed to Walmart's planned expansion in the city of Los Angeles more ammunition: The retail giant is catching heat for its recent firing of an employee who used medical marijuana off-the-job to treat his cancer-related pain.
Joseph Casias has a tumor pressing against his skull, according to MSNBC, and uses the drug -- legal in his home state of Michigan -- for relief. He says he never went to his job as a Walmart associate high, but found himself terminated after he want into work one morning anyway.
"I never thought I would be terminated for this," Casias, 29, told the website. "At first I thought, 'This wasn't true. How could this be right?'"
But a Los Angeles employment attorney, Carol Gillam, told MSNBC companies can still fire workers for marijuana use in states where the drug is a legal medical treatment. California tried to pass a law specifically banning such terminations, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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"If you're tested in the workplace, or they come to know that you have one of these cards, you can get fired," added said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of California-based NORML.