Second-Hand Weed Victim Seeks Retribution

o CHERYL HALE WASHINGTON MARIJUANA facebook Second Hand Weed Victim Seeks Retribution                       Cheryl Hale of Washington found out this week that although she herself does not consume marijuana, because her husband does, her employer might have had the right to fire her. 18 months ago, retail employe Cherly Hale, self described as an ideal worker who rarely took a sick day and was into her 16th year on the job, got hurt while at work. As standard procedure dictates for her company, a mouth-swab sample was taken from Hale. “Standard procedure when you get hurt is you get swabbed, no biggie...but when the clinic told me that I tested positive for marijuana, I began arguing with the doctor saying he had made a mistake,” describes Hale. “I was fired for testing positive for marijuana even though mine was from second hand smoke.” Hale’s story has been a disheartening one, becoming unable to support herself after losing her job,one she is still appealing the right to return to. Hale has since had to sell her vehicle, dwindle away her savings and dip into her 401 K. “ I was crushed,” Hale says, detailing the moment she realized she had been fired, “I felt like something had just died. I collapsed on the floor when I found out.” Matt Markovich, a reporter for KBOI2, tested if Hale’s contact-high was possible, ensuring his blood contained no traces of THC and then placing himself in Hale’s room while her husband, Edwin Blake, smoked from a pipe. After one hour of in these conditions, Markovich took a swab test, testing positive for marijuana. “If I was subjected to a random drug test after my exposure to Edwin’s smoke, I most likely would have been fired,” writes Markovich of his experiment. Hale’s case highlights one of the many subtle discrepancies that concern conservative law makers when discussing nationwide legalization, for unlike alcohol, which flushes through the body fairly quickly and in a proportional scale to one’s level of blood intoxication, THC acts differently. In Hale’s case, her husband’s frequent marijuana use in a small, confined 27-foot long trailer, made their home a virtual hotbox. While Hale slept and her husband indulged late into the night, quelling chronic back pain, she inhaled second hand smoke, which stayed in her system and made her test positive on her company’s mandated drug test. This kind of ‘zero-tolerance’ on the part an employer is not an uncommon story in today’s news. New cases revolving around employment rights and marijuana possession and consumption are being discussed on a national circuit, and as other cases have shown, it seems so far companies have most of the final word when it comes to who they hire and fire. Some ground has been made on the behalf of individuals like Hale, whose problems with the system draw national attention to the difficulty of practically applied marijuana legalization, but just because it is becoming evident that just because something is state law, doesn’t make one immune from federal prosecution or private organizations discrimination. “There is this huge grey area where there’s a lot of people who are contaminated from second-hand smoke,” said Hale, “companies need to realize that it’s not just black and white anymore.” 468x60 seedsman ani 1 Second Hand Weed Victim Seeks Retribution  Second Hand Weed Victim Seeks Retribution 473x80 Second Hand Weed Victim Seeks Retribution
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