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Man with cancer allegedly suspended from his job for using medical marijuana

News Posted Nov 28 2018

Despite the cannabis law reform developing allover the country there are still many instances where someone's employer chooses to terminate or suspend them due to medical marijuana showing up on a drug test. Craig Miller, a man with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Illinois, is still fighting for his job and to pay his bills after being suspended from his company. He has been fighting his cancer and it's symptoms for several years now and during the worst of it he had lost over 50 pounds. Despite a doctor's note explaining that his medication will trigger THC on a drug test, the company claims they are standing firm to their values. Once Miller began treatment with the medical cannabis he not only found relief for his cancer symptoms but even for his vision problems that existed prior to his diagnosis. To keep himself afloat Miller started a GoFundme page to help pay his bills and bring attention to the growing problem of medical marijuana patient descrimination. 

Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system, in 2015. When he started treatment he was 230 pounds. “At one point in my treatment my weight dropped below 180 lbs,” Miller wrote. “I was prescribed Dronabinol (synthetic THC) to help with my appetite so I could put on weight. In Jan 2017 the HR department at work was informed in writing that I would show positive for THC on drug tests.”

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