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Medical Marijuana Disability Discrimination Lawyers in Missouri

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If you are a patient with a qualifying medical condition in Missouri, you can obtain a medical marijuana card that allows you to purchase medicinal cannabis. Despite the fact that this is a legal use for marijuana, employers who drug test their employees may be inclined to fire those who test positive for marijuana regardless of its purpose.

We at Riggan Law Firm, LLC know that employers who terminate employees for medical marijuana use are engaging in disability discrimination. If this has happened to you, you may be entitled to hold your employer accountable for damages.

Missouri law now provides workplace protections for those who need medical marijuana to treat a disability or medical condition. It is illegal to fire someone who has consumed medical marijuana for this purpose, and employees are entitled to assert their rights with the assistance of a medical marijuana discrimination lawyer in Missouri.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Use in Missouri

Keep in mind that your employer’s drug testing requirements, in and of themselves, are probably not violating your rights if you use medical marijuana. A disability discrimination claim would require your employer to harass or take adverse action against you because you used medical marijuana to treat a qualifying medical condition.

In Missouri, qualifying conditions for medical use include the following:

  • AIDS
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Debilitating Psychiatric Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

There are many more specific conditions outlined by state law, but some conditions are less defined. For example, any terminal illness is considered to be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. So too is any chronic medical condition treated with a prescription medication that could form a physical or psychological dependence, such as opioids.

Is Medical Marijuana Use Permitted at Work?

Employers can’t discriminate against employees who test positive for cannabis as medical marijuana patients, but they can enforce other drug-free workplace policies. You may not be protected by law if your employer fires or reprimands you for medicating at work or working while impaired by medical marijuana, provided these violate your employer’s drug-use policies.

Are Your Documents in Order?

Before you can attempt to sue your employer for discrimination, you must be prepared to establish that you are, in fact, a legal medical marijuana patient. This fact isn’t evidenced by your use of medical marijuana, but rather your Physician Certification Form and your Patient Identification Card.

Not only do you need to have both documents, but they must be valid. That means your physician has signed off on medical marijuana use for a still-valid period of time and that your patient identification card is free from errors or other restrictions.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

If you wish to speak with a medical marijuana disability discrimination lawyer in Missouri, get in touch with Riggan Law Firm, LLC. Our attorneys are resolute advocates for people facing a wide variety of employment law violations.

It’s our goal to provide each client with the personalized legal support they need to hold their employers accountable. This is no less important in a disability discrimination case concerning medical marijuana, where an employer can be held liable for damages.

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