Woman Fights Medical Marijuana Firing

MASSACHUSETTS:  Cristina Barbuto was thrilled when she landed her new marketing job last year.

Her delight quickly evaporated when she was fired after her first day because a drug test revealed marijuana use. She lost her job even though she’d disclosed during her interview that she takes the drug, with a doctor’s legal permission, to ease the symptoms of a digestive disorder.

Now, the 34-year-old Brewster woman is fighting for her right to use medical marijuana at home and not be fired for it. Her lawyers on Friday filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination over her termination — a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state involving marijuana and employment, an agency spokesman said.

“This is something that needs to change,” Barbuto said. “I don’t want people to fear looking for these types of jobs and be humiliated because of this.”

 

UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Says Marijuana Testing Is ‘invasion Of Privacy’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is firmly against marijuana testing in MMA.

Rousey is not outraged by any negative press in the wake of Jessica Eye becoming the first female UFC fighter to test positive for a banned substance. Rather, she feels the situation has brought to light an issue with drug testing in the sport.

Penalties for testing positive for marijuana vary among different sanctioning bodies that oversee the sport. But regardless of if the punishments are lenient or hefty, Rousey says this specific substance is irrelevant to competition and therefore shouldn’t be considered when drug testing takes place. [Read more…]