Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
This is a story that will likely infuriate you. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has basically forced one of their employees to choose between her job and medical cannabis, which has forced her back on opioids against her wishes and the advice of her doctor.
Ellaine Farrell, who has worked for the TTC for 26 years, is employed as a subway operator and she was told her if she wanted to continue to use medical cannabis as prescribed by her doctor, she could not remain at her “safety-sensitive” position. While she was offered other positions in the company, they all came with a significant pay cut, meaning the TTC was basically holding her job hostage if she didn’t quit her medicine!
So now, she’s using percocet and oxycodone, which “makes her feel like a zombie” and she is not happy at all, as she told CBC: “Opioids are very, very addictive, and I want to get off the opioids because it’s ruining my life.”
And you know what’s the kicker?
She’s not even getting high! She’s using CBD oil, which is commonly used in many medications and it’s completely legal if you have a medical prescription- which she does!
The fact that the TTC is interfering with their employee’s health and forcing her on painkillers against her will while we’re in the midst of an opioid crisis is completely irresponsible and a classic example of the lingering “reefer madness” stigma.