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Job Offer Pulled Because of Medical Marijuana

Joe was excited about getting back to work until the company said he couldn't because of his medicine... medical marijuana.

Joseph Bagnato reached out to me hoping to put a spotlight on an issue he's facing and quite frankly so are many others in his shoes. He applied for a job, went through several interviews and even planned his work schedule with them, only to be told "Sorry" when his drug test came back positive for marijuana, which he legally takes to help with symptoms of his diabetes.

Here's Joe's story:

Joe tells me he's a Type 1 diabetic who takes daily medicine to regulate his blood sugar. He also has a common side effect of the disease commonly called diabetic neuropathy .

(Photo above: Joe's medical marijuana medicines and state of Pennsylvania issued patient card)

Joe applied for a job with the healthcare and pharmaceutical company Rite Aid. He tells us he went through several interviews and was ready to start when they informed him his employment would not go forward. Joe says he was straight up with them from the beginning and even offered his Pennsylvania issued medical marijuana card as proof of his legal usage. That still was not enough.

(Photo above: sign of the front door to a Rite Aid location in Bethel Park, PA)

We reached out to Rite Aid for clarification on their hiring policies and practices with drug testing in states where medical marijuana is legal. The only response we received so far is this:

" Rite Aid does not comment on individual personnel matters." - Rite Aid, Public Relations

By now most people know that federal law has not been changed with regards to legalizing marijuana, but last year the FDA approved Epidiolex .

(Photo above: Epidiolex from GW Pharmaceuticals)

The anti-seizure medicine is the first cannibus-derived drug approved by federal regulators and it was reclassified by the DEA as a class V drug, allowing it to be distributed by pharmacies across the United States. Rite Aid was among the first to say it would carry Epidiolex.

If you support medical marijuana and you want your lawmakers to do the same, let them know.

You can find their contact information on this government operated site: - Elected Officials

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