the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, A New Jersey appeals court rules employers cannot fire employees who take medical marijuana and fail a drug test.The New Jersey court ruling says marijuana patients are protected under the state Law Against Discrimination as long as they aren’t high on the job.
The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by Justin Wild, a former funeral director in Ridgewood who took medical cannabis to manage pain caused by cancer.
Wild ,a licensed funeral director filed a lawsuit against his former employers, alleging they fired him after learning he used medical marijuana to treat cancer symptoms.Justin Wild, 39, of Saddle River claimed in court papers he was prescribed and used medicinal marijuana after he was diagnosed with the disease about two years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 30 in Bergen County Superior Court.
Wild didn’t tell his bosses, but they found out after he got into a car accident while on the job. He says he wasn’t high at the time of the crash, but they fired him.The court originally said there were no employment protections for licensed medical marijuana users, but an appeal yielded a reversal of that decision.