Joshua Jacquot says his employer won’t allow him during working hours to take the medication he needs to cope with depression and anxiety because that medication is medical marijuana.
It’s doctor-prescribed and legal, and according to the 23-year-old assembly line worker, “it seems to be the only thing that works.”
But he said when he informed Ventra Assembly several months ago that he wanted to take it at work, he was told, “no,” to use regular prescribed drugs instead. He said he’s already tried them and they don’t help. He went off on sick leave in November, he said, and continues to fight, because he can’t use the medication he needs at work.
“I’m frustrated, I’m angry, I’m upset,” he said, insisting that if he’s allowed to use his weed, he won’t be high on the job.
He’d use a strain of medical marijuana with low levels of THC, the “psychoactive” compound in marijuana, and high levels of CBD, marijuana’s other active compound. And to comply with no-smoking legislation, he would take capsules or cannabis oil.
“They would allow me to have Percocets or Fentanyl (prescription opioids) at work, but they’re not going to allow me to have medical marijuana with high CBD,” said Jacquot.