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Michigan worker fired over medical pot loses case

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -

A legal setback for a Michigan man after a federal appeals court ruled a state law does not stop employers from firing people who use medical marijuana.

On Wednesday the court upheld a decision by a federal judge in Grand Rapids, who said Wal-Mart Stores could fire an employee who tested positive for marijuana.
 
Joseph Casias was an inventory-control manager at a Walmart store in Battle Creek until he tested positive for marijuana in 2009. He has a Michigan medical-marijuana card and says he uses pot to alleviate symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer. 

The appeals court says the state medical marijuana law provides some immunity in criminal cases, but it doesn't offer protection to people in the workplace.

Wal-Mart says marijuana use conflicts with its safety policy in stores.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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