Article by CTV News
A Windsor man claims he is facing work discrimination after being denied the use of medical marijuana while on the job.
Joshua Jacquot tells CTV News he has no choice but to look into taking legal action.
“I have tried to commit suicide,” Jacquot claims.
Jacquot battles depression, anxiety and chronic back pain after a serious car crash in 2012.
“Yesterday I cried for five hours just trying to deal with everything,” says Jacquot.
With the Liberals tabling new pot legislation, Jacquot wants approval to use the drug while on the job.
“I’m willing to work,” he says. “I don’t want to be on disability, I could be on disability, but I want to live a normal life again.”
Jacquot says he turned to his employer, Ventra Assembly Line, for help — by requesting to use a specific strand of medical marijuana oil while at work to relieve pain.
“The human resources at Ventra straight up said no I wasn’t allowed to medicate at work, same with my union at the plant.”
While communication between Ventra, the union and Jacquot’s doctor have since improved, nothing has changed.