A man battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma was allegedly suspended from work when his medical marijuana showed up on a drug test.
Craig Miller, from Illinois, was issued a medical marijuana card in June 2018. He was prescribed marijuana to combat the chronic pain and loss of appetite caused by the other medications he has to take. When marijuana showed up on a drug test at work, Miller’s employer, Spartan Light Metal Products, suspended him and told him to “stop taking your medicine or lose your job,” Miller wrote on a GoFundMe page he recently set up.
Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system, in 2015. When he started treatment he was 230 pounds. “At one point in my treatment my weight dropped below 180 lbs,” Miller wrote. “I was prescribed Dronabinol (synthetic THC) to help with my appetite so I could put on weight. In Jan 2017 the HR department at work was informed in writing that I would show positive for THC on drug tests.”
Unfortunately, the Dronabinol didn’t do the trick, and that’s when his doctor introduced him to medical marijuana. “I started taking my new medicine, and over the next few weeks I noticed a marked improvement,” he wrote. “The biggest was that when I did the exercises given to me by a physical therapist actually started doing some good, the knot under my shoulder blade released, I was able to turn my head, and it didn’t feel as if my arm was being ripped off, I also started regaining normal feeling in my right foot.” Plus it helped with vision problems he’d developed before he was diagnosed. “For the first time in years things where starting to feel right.”