A man battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was allegedly suspended from work when his medical marijuana appeared on a drug test.
Craig Miller of Illinois received a medical marijuana card in June 201
Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2015, a cancer in the lymphatic system. When he started the treatment, he was 230 pounds. "At some point in my treatment, my weight dropped below 180 pounds," Miller wrote. "I was prescribed dronabinol (synthetic THC) to support my appetite so I could gain weight. In January 2017, the HR department was notified in writing that I would be positive about drug testing for THC. "
Unfortunately, dronabinol did not do this trick, and then his doctor introduced him to medical marijuana. "I started to take my new medicine and over the next few weeks I noticed a significant improvement," he wrote. "The biggest thing was, when I actually did the exercises a physiotherapist gave me, started doing something good that had untied knots under my shoulder blade, I could turn my head and it did not feel like it my arm was After I had been demolished, I began to restore the normal feeling in the right foot. "It also helped with vision problems he had developed before being diagnosed. "For the first time in years, things started to feel right."
Unfortunately, all that changed when he was suspended from work.
In order to return to work, the company asked a Miller Form doctor about his need for medical marijuana. However, the doctor just sent a letter saying, "Mr. Miller has a qualifying condition that I have recommended to the Illinois Department of Health to issue his cannabis card. "While the letter confirmed that Miller had been" informed about the drug's effect, dose and side effects and the time of day for administration, "this was not the case enough for the business. "I've always heard it all the time: doing everything to get better, and when I do that, they have not even talked to me," Miller told a FOX affiliate. He has made sure that FOX never takes his medicine right before or during work. "I work in the second shift, so I get up early in the morning. I usually take a bit when I get up so I can move, walk around the house and go to work a few hours later, "he explained. "And if I came home, I would do a little bit more to sleep." Anyway, the company lets Miller jump through the tires to get back to work. Recently, they asked him to find a third doctor, "who agrees," he wrote on Friday. "Basically to create an environment that would probably cause me to quit, but they will not release me."
In early November, he launched the GoFundMe site to raise money to pay his mortgages and medical bills. t knows the status of his job. "I'm in limbo. I do not know if I'm still suspended, but I know I'm at the end with my financial rope, "he explained. "The next mortgage payment will be unpaid."
The question of money, he wrote, is the hardest thing he ever had to do: "Even harder than the fight against cancer."
But he will do what he needs to stay afloat as he struggles to get his job back. "I'm always asked if this job is worth it and for me yes," he wrote. "It gives me the feeling of working every day on devices that really interest me. I like the people who stand on the ground and with whom I deal daily. Focusing on troubleshooting machine issues or working on projects helps me to take care of everything else and is a great spiritual escape. "
In a statement to FOX, the Spartan Alloy products said:" It is our practice to act at all times in a way that is consistent with our goal of providing all employees with a safe work environment. We are confident that our policies and measures are appropriate and consistent with these values. "
Miller has filed an official complaint with the Illinois Human Rights Department. "[I’ve] ran in so many circles that I gave up almost a couple of times," he told FOX.
But he does not give up yet. "I had to defend myself against stigmata, lies, insults and, last but not least, physical assaults just because I'm trying to champion basic human rights," he wrote on his GoFundMe page. "What happened to human decency?"
Miller and his employer did not respond to Yahoo's request.
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