| Posted on Thu, August, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
The older you get, the less worried you become about things like epilepsy, seeing as how disorders like that tend to develop earlier in life. This wasn't the case for Robert Pack, a manager of ticketing and audience services at the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra located in Carmel, California. It was at this time as a manager that Pack discovered that he had adult onset epilepsy after he had a seizure at work one day.
Of course, Pack was immediately prescribed multiple medications, non of which seemed to work except one. This particular drug gave Pack severe nausea, extremely bad anxiety, and insomnia. These effects began to have a toll and Pack's doctor recommended utilizing the cannabis plant in order to stem the bad side effects. When Pack started using marijuana, he noticed an incredible difference in how he felt. "Let me just say that cannabis is the absolute best anti nausea medication in the world. Absolutely the best. It immediately mitigated the nausea. It immediately took care of the anxiety and my appetite improved. It became more normal," he says. Pack used cannabis twice a day, every day without fail, since then. And because he lived in California, he was a medical marijuana patient. But he still didn't inform his employer of this new medicine and instead, kept it quiet while he wrestled with his health issues.
When Pack's mother died, he was driven back to Carlsbad, New Mexico where he was offered a job at Hastings bookstore as an assistant manager. The catch? He had to pass a drug test. But when Pack informed the regional management at Hastings about his medication, they didn't really say anything other than to go ahead and take the test. "They were kind of giving me the wink to go and get a masking kit and cover it up," Pack said. But as a proud medical marijuana patient, he didn't want to cover up his cannabis use. So he failed the test. "They withdrew the job offer because I did test positive for cannabis use and I pointed out to them that New Mexico was a legal state that didn't matter. I pointed out to them that I had no criminal record. That didn't matter. My work record. My experience. None of that mattered," he stated.
There are five states in the US that have implemented laws against employers discriminating against cannabis using patients. New Mexico still hasn't put those laws in to place. For now, Pack has retired but not by choice. He refuses to stand down and lives off of the family farm. He spends the majority of his time advocating employee rights in New Mexico, working to get employers to accept the medical marijuana users in to the empty jobs. It's sad to see patients be so discriminated against and hopefully, the laws adapt soon to protect patients from terrible employers that just don't seem to care