Tens of thousands of Californians are obtaining medical marijuana recommendations from physicians so they can use pot without fear of arrest.
But they still can lose their jobs.
California's Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996, approved the use of marijuana for a wide range of ailments. But it doesn't require employers to make accommodations or waive any workplace rules for legal cannabis users.
And a state Supreme Court ruling affirmed that medical pot use can get you fired by a disapproving employer.
Christian Hughes, 33, just found that out.
For five years, he was a manager at a senior citizens apartment complex near Redding. Unknown to residents, he used marijuana to dull pain from a jaw shattered in a car accident.
Recently, a new company bought the apartment complex and ordered drug testing for employees. "I tried to explain my situation," Hughes said.
After his test results came in last month, he was dismissed.
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