MPP Calls For National Boycott of Wal-Mart

Mar 16, 2010 , ,

This morning, the Marijuana Policy Project called upon shoppers across the country to join in a boycott of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in order to protest the unjust and potentially unlawful firing of Joe Casias, a 29-year-old medical marijuana patient and sinus cancer survivor who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor.

After dutifully working at a Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, Michigan, for five years, Casias was suddenly terminated because he tested positive for marijuana during a drug screening administered after he sprained his knee on the job. To make matters worse, Wal-Mart is contesting Casias’s eligibility for unemployment, and Michigan has the nation’s highest unemployment rate, at almost 15%.

MPP is asking shoppers to demand that Wal-Mart abandon its discriminatory policy of firing employees who are legal medical marijuana patients under state law.

We need to send a strong message to Wal-Mart and other businesses in medical marijuana states that it is not acceptable to fire sick people for trying to get better by following their doctor’s recommendation and obeying state law. Marijuana is a legitimate medicine, supported by science and protected by law in 14 states, including Michigan.

To send Wal-Mart an email saying that you disapprove of its policy and will refrain from shopping at Wal-Mart stores until it changes, click here.

77 responses to “MPP Calls For National Boycott of Wal-Mart”

  1. OK guys I sent a letter and I will be posting a link to this page on my group site. I will promote the heck out of it! MPP is a great group and I am PROUD TO BE A MEMBER!

  2. I hope Walmart will reverse their position in reqards to all medical marijuana patients. I find their action towards Joe Casias cruel, heartless and insensitive considering this man has been an honorable employee for them for 5 years all the while trying to maintane a normal life with his condition. I will definetly be boycotting Walmart and will encourage my friends to do the same.

  3. Mike —

    Why isn’t employer-driven drug screening for marijuana in states that have approved medical marijuana considered to be a violation of HIPA?

    This isn’t about marijuana anymore. This is about an intrusive employer snooping into our medicine cabinets to see what medicines we’re taking, and firing us if they don’t approve. If this firing is allowed to stand, what’s to stop WalMart from firing people who use Lipitor, to reduce the likelihood an employee suffers a heart attack on the job?

    This is a violation of everyone’s right to privacy and medical confidentiality.

  4. This is truly sad. What’s even sadder is, no matter how many letters Wal-Mart receives, they will never change their minds on any damn thing. I have been a part of so many Wal-Mart boycotts (made in china, hiring practices, etc) that I have lost count. Due to my belief of letting a company know they are wrong, I will send them a letter stating my disapproval. But they know, as well as everyone else in the “free” world, that people will continue to shop there. Also, I plan on spreading the word about the unjust firing of a sick person, as well as their cruel and maticulous way they are blocking his unemployment.

  5. Unfortunately Wal-Mart didn’t break employement laws, at this point this is a legal grey area. None of the current medicinal marijuana legislation has any kind of protection for patients from being terminated by their employers. What is really outrageous is that Wal-Mart is trying to block this man’s unemployement benefits. How do they expect this man to survive? Do they even take into consideration that this is a cancer patient with an unoperable tumor. I hope GOD sends his “blessings” on the heads of the executives at Wal-Mart, and let them feel the pain and suffering that this man has went through and going through.

    Free The Weed. Free The People.

  6. so closing US factories and sending the machines and jobs overseas where they use slave labor,
    being unfair to women and non-white people,
    doing insanely destructive things to the enviroment after repeated fines and warnings from the EPA,
    collapsing communities,
    underpaying employees stealing their overtime and telling them to go on welfare,
    sneakily stopping any sort of union from forming,
    taking government money to open stores etc. when they make 250 billion a year, 10% of which could feel ALL HUNGRY PEOPLE ON THE PLANET FOR TWO YEARS
    is fine but firing someone over legal weed and now there’s an issue?

    this boycott is about 10 years too late. just burn walmart to the ground like they do in the ukraine.

  7. I see a good chance that this boycott might work.
    After all, you know, they fired a man with cancer. ..
    Which leaves me thinking: How stupid are they?
    Is being evil not enough? Do they have to add stupidity to get off?

  8. This whole situation is disgusting. They did this to a loyal employee who continued to work for the company in spite of his serious medical condition.

    Is there any way for me to help Mr. Casias himself? If anyone has suggestions about how I can send him a contribution to help with his financial needs, please post it here…

  9. Money makes the world go around…
    The only way we can get pot legal is with money…
    MPP I like it but face the facts …U dont have enough money to start or stop rich people from doing what they please

  10. Skippy,
    Hey one thing at a time. Sure all these things are not right,but how about we focus on something we are on this site about. MMJ. You are correct on most of this stuff. But we would have to boycott almost every corporation that sells goods and supplies on most of those facts. Let’s stay focused . Most rules on a lot of companies are they are driven by federal contracts. And the fact is that they can because if they went against these policies it would definitely effect their bottom line. What needs to be done is change the law at a federal level. Otherwise no matter how much we try the federal government won’t allow them to hire anyone that uses marijuana for any reason be it medical or not. What needs to be done is boycott the federal government instead. Peaceful protest is the only way. Not a big pot smoking gathering. Because that only makes them mad and give them ammo against us peaceful pot smoking people. I’m not saying walmart is totally out of it, but they can use the federal government as it’s main excuse. Let’s take away their excuses and deal with the real problem here. The federal government . I say MMJ Million Man (Woman ) March. Nip it in the bud (No pun intended ) Go to the source. Hey MPP,what do you say to that. Let’s load up the buses and descind on Washington or all the capitols of every state in America on 4/20/2010. I will stress though. NOT a big pot smoking gathering. That will just make them mad and maybe get people put in jail. And I think that would be counter-productive and play right into their hands.

  11. Wall mart sucks they put small mom and pop stores out of business. I dont shop there anyways . Its only a matter of time before its legal we just need to educate everyone we can .

  12. I am sickened by the way they have treated Mr Casias and as a Canadian medical marijuana patient I have my MMAR licences and I will be boycoting walmart here in canada as well as spreading the word to all my friends and family who have seen the change in my condition due to the use of cannabis and abstinance from pharmaceutical drugs.

    Seeing as walmart is multi national it seems rather strange to me that they claim to be firing him on the grounds they follow the federal law but here in canada medical marijuana is a Federally passed law. It seems hypocritical to me for them to accept medical marijuana laws in canada but the same corporation crosses a border and they have a new set of policies ????

  13. I made a suggestion just a day ago to boycott, without MPP’s encourgement.

    Also, the story posted about the big island raid happened days ago.

    MPP is the LEADING reform orgnization?

    Then why am I aware of the ins and outs of the legalization movement well before MPP’s associates post?

    If I waited for MPP to inform me, I’d be behind the latest news.

    Don’t rely on an organization to do your activism for you people.

  14. @jonnyhasit – MPP will not condone or help with organizing of any protests, it’s against their policy. If we want to get organized and march on DC, we have to do it on our own, through another outlet.
    Social Disobidience Day 04-20-10
    Free The Weed. Free The People.

  15. No change ever happens unless people are willing to stand up to evil. Walmart is a soulless monster that will destroy anyone or anything that gets in the way of this company possessing all the money in the universe. We took up a collection immediately following the protest and medication was donated. I’ve asked Joseph to set up a paypal account so we can all pitch in. I will let you know when he completes the process. Thanks everyone, Joe Cain

  16. Freedom of Pot Warriors, Give WalMart Canada a Break they may not be Union but the Medical MJ user was fired in the US, not Canada!!
    In fact it was WalMart Canada That replied when I asked all the Canadian Pharmacies Coast to Coast if they would carry Medical MJ if I could get a license to grow it for them!!
    Ha! Ha! Ha!
    Rocker-Daddy Farms, Canada’s New Medical MJ Grower? This was sent in 2007 while I still had a VALID Health Canada Medical MJ

    Dear Governments of Canada and British Columbia Leaders and Ministers Please help or NOT? “Rocker-Daddy Farms”

    Medical MJ Just Needs To Be “Efficacious” To Qualify For A DIN# In Canada So We All Have Access?

    Lets Give Medical MJ a DIN#, Then We All Have Legal Access


  17. if a non medical marijuana user get hurt we punish them severely. but a medical user gets hurt is ok so where do we draw the line in fairness to all?

  18. I agree with johnnyhasit about making the goverment change the laws. We don’t have to go as far as Washington. We could get the employment laws changed in our own state first. One step at a time.

  19. Well shame on Wal-Mart. This hardly seems fair. It seems to me that the employee would be protected by the “Americans with Disabilities Act”. I hope the publicity will help this gentleman get his job back, or at the very least be eligible for unemployment. Once again, shame on Wal-Mart. Thank you for bringing this to the public’s attention.

  20. FreeTheWeed, what are you talking about? You said, “Unfortunately Wal-Mart didn’t break employement laws, at this point this is a legal grey area. None of the current medicinal marijuana legislation has any kind of protection for patients from being terminated by their employers.”

    Michigan Law
    “A person shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, solely for being in the presence or vicinity of the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act.”

    I’d say you are clearly wrong. Boycott.

  21. Sec. 4. (a) A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act, provided that the qualifying patient possesses an amount of marihuana that does not exceed 2.5 ounces of usable marihuana, and, if the qualifying patient has not specified that a primary caregiver will be allowed under state law to cultivate marihuana for the qualifying patient, 12 marihuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. Any incidental amount of seeds, stalks, and unusable roots shall also be allowed under state law and shall not be included in this amount.

  22. Change is a gentle force. It can and often is the thought or action of one person. my choice to no longer spend my money at Walmart is purely selfish, it makes me feel moral that I can vote with my earnings. Morality combined with a little nightime cannabis helps me sleep better at night. I may not change Walmart but I can change myself and my shopping habits. Mr. Calias, “illegitimus non carborundum” … don’t let the bastards grind you down, Rock on bro!

  23. I boycotted ” The Evil Empire” (my husbands nickname for Walmart) a couple of years ago after watching the documentary
    ” Walmart; The High Cost of Low Prices” and myself and my family have been very successful at it. We found out that life goes on without Wally World.
    That they fired Mr. Casias comes as no surprise to me at all when you consider that in 2005, Walmart employees donated $5,000,000 ( Yes that’s FIVE MILLION DOLLARS) to the company’s “Immediate Need Fund”. This fund was set up to help employees who are facing financial crisis (emergency motel, food and clothing funds, if someone’s house burns down, for example). That same year, the Walton family (widow, daughter, 3 sons), donated a whopping $5000 (yes, that’s right FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) to the fund. Sad, when you take into account that each of the 5 members of the Walton clan are worth a minimum of TEN BILLION DOLLARS! (anyone who hasn’t seen this documentary, you need to).
    Mr. Casias needs to sue their pants off.. any lawyers reading this? Help this man out!

  24. We need to send a strong message to the state of Idaho too MPP.

    What the Fremont County police did to Aurora M. Hathor-Rainmenti, 35 , of Garberville, California is ridiculous.
    The location of the Hathor-Rainmenti bust was really unfortunate. Some places in Idaho might just dismiss the case. But Rexburg (pop. 17,257) encompasses Brigham Young University (BYU)-Idaho, and the shiny new Rexburg LDS (Mormon) Temple. Mormon culture is incredibly harsh on recreational drug use and users, especially if it involves outsiders with unusual looking names.

  25. O.K. Give me one good reason MPP has this stance on organizing protest to change federal mmj laws or marijuana legalization for that matter. I would like to hear from somebody from the MPP organization on this . I don’t get it.

  26. YES! All I’m hearing is that more needs to be done and how do we do it? This is the time to engage and yes if there is anyway that I can donate money to this poor victim I would gladly do so. To keep in mind to also help him pay for a laywer! Lets make an example out of our corrupted laws!

  27. I signed a boycot petition two days ago on a link through either cannabis news, or marijuana magazine. This has not even hit the national news yet,WHY? I am sure someone at MPP knows how to contact the media. I called my only radio station yesterday and I have not heard nothing yet. I now will inform the tv stations in Sioux Falls. When all the health care crap is over then the media will need to address the war on us by our own gov’t. Now American gov’t employees are being killed in mexico over drugs. To stop the killings we must legalize cannabis at the least. We should continue to confiscate any and all narcotics crossing the border. I did not say to arrest or detain. Rehab is by far the best solution for people with drug problems, NOT JAIL. If we legalized cannabis then the demand for mexico’s weed would almost cease. Laws would and WILL change to protect our own people from our own gov’t. This site has yet to run the story about a Wa. state man who was robbed and killed over cannabis and the cops failed to do their jobs propperly. The only way to stop any and all bullshit is to legalize, nationally, now. Protect employees from being fired for med. mj is a step in the right direction.

  28. D… all of the above.

    write a letter to accompany your boycot efforts.

    i am, still, off of Kellogg’s Sugar Pops! when i decided to quit i wrote kellogg’s a letter. i addressed it to “Persons in charge” and used the address on my last box.

    in my letter i told them WHY i was going to no longer spend about 468 dollars a year on Sugar Pops.

    i got a form letter from Kellogg’s telling me they would miss my business and sent me a bunch of coupons.

    i am STILL no longer buying their stuff.

    there is STILL no generic equivalent to sugar pops.

    it will not be a problem for me to stay out of walmart.

    even if THEY carry generic sugar pops!

  29. @Greenman – you are talking about a state law, so the local government should be the ones trying to protect Mr.Casias. This is the reason why it is a grey area. Wal-Mart will claim that their drug policies are in accordance with the federal law. So even if the law suit will be filed on a state level, Wal-Mart will appeal to a federal court and they come out clean.

    @Jonnyhasit – I’m not sure of the reasons why MPP will not help to organize any kind of protests or rallies, but I know this topic had come up a few months ago and we were asked politely by MPP not to use this blog for organizing rallies. My only thought on this, is that as an organization that is active in the lobbying they dont want to be associated with a rally, just in case if something goes wrong, their credibility in congress would be destroyed. Perhaps someone from MPP would care to explain.
    I certainly believe that if a centralized outlet such as MPP or NORML called for a protest, hundreds of thousands of people would show up, which could also be a problem.

    Free The Weed. Free The People.

  30. i get paid 12 dollars an hour and they started me off at 9, which is pretty good compared to other employers in the community. Hell, mpp has recieved donations from my paycheck, albeit small but still they are my livelihood. i hate capitalism but its really the only system that can work in the free america. walmart can and does thrive with little conscience because they employ so many damn people. I would love to kick, whoever made the decision to block his unemployment payments, in the face, but boycotting pressures store managers to pressure dept managers to cut employees or demand more work for same pay.

  31. @guerilla – good point my man. I dont think a lot of people really thought about the consequences this boycott might have on the bottom line employees at wal-mart who are just like Casias are simply trying to make a living. At the same time, this boycott might save other employees from future discrimination. As always it’s a double edged sword, hopefully regular folks working at wal-mart won’t become collateral damage.

    Free The Weed. Free The People.

  32. Walmart sells the alcohol right next to the bread and cereal isles. They sell the Whiskey, Vodka and Gin at the checkout area alongside the alcohol paraphernalia, tobacco and children’s candies. As they sell the most toxic and deadly drugs on Earth, in plain view of our children, they fire a cancer patient for using one of the safest plants on Earth for his fatal disease.

    This hypocrisy must end.

    I emailed Walmart and will not shop there again until they change their draconian policy regarding Cannabis.

  33. some coworkers and few managers have knowledge of my self medication but i am approaching my 4th year with the company. It only becomes a problem if i get hurt or break something. then i have to submit to a urine analysis which if proved positive will terminate and bar any future employment. I dont think this is a “walmart is the devil” issue. Wal-club and Sams Mart are just on the Great Paper Chase, Which i cant disagree with. I believe they have to answer to insurance companies on the whole drug issue. I smoke buds, yet convey model employee character by not costing the company with an accident claim, which in turn keeps their operating costs down. Its the retailer accident insurance companies that associate thc in urine with reckless behavior. walmart will not appease these boycotters. They stand on nothing but money, and to get it they have to appear to be a “responsible employer” by not hiring “marijuana crazed shadesters.” Thats not there fault, its ours. Our ancestors to be more specific. they let ignorance and hate create legislation and fund propaganda that still resonates wildly to this day.
    Walmart is just being a strong company with focus on the public majority. Through thought, conversation, and voting, we will bring our specific goal into the public majority and a place like walmart will refuse to get left out.

  34. bless all of you for your fervor and discipline. despite my disbelief in the affect of a boycott for this cause, i do believe you are teaching yourselves and the ones around you what exactly you are made out of.
    @Norman Lepoff MD- This may be true in your state but in my neck of the woods the tobacco is in a locked cage you can not enter with out an associate or with a minor. Also we only sell beer. Wine, malt liquors and the rest of the hard stuff is not availabe. Not because walmart cares, but because our voters cared. It is illegal for anything with higher alcohol content than beer to be sold in grocery stores. and i wouldnt expect walmart to care. If i was in the business of selling stuff i would try to sell anything my customers wanted. This is a public concern. People have the right to choose. They chose to not allow grocers to sell spirits because that was felt to be in their publics best interest. ahhh the power of democracy!

  35. hey what are yall doing today? i was thinkin maybe we should just go legalize marijuana. i mean, im really not that busy. Yea, lets go get that taken care of and out of the way.

  36. For once I’m ahead of the curve. I’ve had a personal boycott of Wal Mart for about a decade. It all started at least a decade ago when I realized the sheer amount of Chinese made junk and almost total lack of American made products. Buy American(when you can find it), it really does matter.

  37. Just like any dangerous substance, and yes marijuana is a dangerous mind altering substance, regardless of how much the pot lovers want to down play it’s hazards. An employer has every right to remove that employee when his dangerous mind altering prescription endangers himself and the people around him. I’d have fired him as well.

    Look everyone that has any sense knows that the whole “medical mary-J” movement is supported mostly by drug users that want to be able to smoke pot, get high and not worry about the cops.

    So go boo-hoo the whole Wal-mart is attacking their poor sick employees cause they smoke “legit pot” somewhere else. Upstanding people know that you could couldn’t care more about the poor guy with cancer and care only about legalizing your high.

  38. I worked at Walmart while I was in college. It was a job (just over broke). I can still remember the ridiculous walmart cheer we were required to attend in the morning. Also can remember being coached to not talk to anyone about unions and to report any employees who talked about it. When the news about Kathy Lee Gifford and the sweat shops making her clothes came out, none of us were surprised. We knew none of the products on the shelves were made in the U.S. We were just happy to have jobs in our small little town. I now get a sick feeling when I go there. I think about all the small grocers, hardward stores and other local businesses Walmart has put out of business. I don’t see Walmart the same as I did when I was younger. They represent all that is wrong with this country to me. Shop there if you like, but your money is going to communist china and a small group of billionares in Arkansas. You wont see me there.

  39. Ya know – I’m of 2 minds on this.
    The weed prohibition is biased – there is no doubt about this. The MM movement’s end-around ploy is probably the best way to address prohibition.
    That being said; It has been my experience to witness first-hand – work-related injuries directly related to marijuana use.
    During my tenure as a supervisor at a manufacturing plant in New York, I personally held the dismembered finger of a punch press operator who, admittedly, had smoked weed at lunch.
    The operator stated he forgot to remove his hand before tripping the punch.
    This is by far the worst incident, but not the only one. Quality suffered on the line when the marijuana users indulged during work. All of whom claimed nothing more than smoking to become relaxed and it was better than drinking.

    I am by no means suggesting MM leads to industrial accidents or lowered productivity-in and of itself. However ANY ingestion (by any means) of consciousness altering substances during work (this includes benzos, alcohol, or even headphones) has to be looked at in terms of quality of work and safety.
    Mr.Casias’s case may have extenuating circumstances, however the employer must be allowed to maintain control of the work environment it provides.
    Entitlement is the destroyer of the American will to succeed.

  40. Nobody should be using any kind of drug whilest working and that goes for tobacco and caffine as well.Nobody is fighting to be able to get high whilest on the job.When I am home from work nobody should be able to tell me what to do w/my body as long as I am not putting anyone in danger.Marijuana used in the privacy of ones home is the least danger anyone will ever face.

  41. hi,may god forgive me …but i hope the ceo of walmert gets the worst kind of anal cancer…will they fire him if he decides he needs medical marijuana??
    walmart you will never see another dollar of my money
    michael from ny

  42. Nopot, You sound bitter. Do you claim to be a Christian and at the same time enjoy persecuting the sick? I’m just interested as to why your opposed to Medical Marijuana. Do you hate sick people?

  43. nopot is an a psychologist on the Pham pay roll… he sees a problem with toddlers in elementary school and quickly prescribes adderall when all they need is proper parenting… he is quick to prescribe his lexapro’s and will gladly prescribe you depikote when not even applicable to your illness. He finds happiness in pills and destroying peoples livers, kidneys, and lives with pharmacology that is pseudo clinical based… real smart Mr. put my name on a blog with MD next to it..

    make sure the argument you take on is one you actually have a chance at winning… I can twist you to fester your real motives.

    Mental illnesses are nothing to laugh at, but this guy has a funny one! Stupidity!

    He’s right up there with the DEA’s stated War on Drugs ‘Success’ by the thousands of border murders.

  44. Walmart has done more for health care for this country than congress has. I’d rather not boycott $4 monthly generic prescriptions.

    This is simply a flaw in U.S. law making; a kink in our system that happened to screw over a guy following the law. But, we must take the sacrifice because his job-loss has created an awareness of the major issue…medicinal marijuana needs to be protected under employer drug testing.

  45. No one should be treated this way. Walmart is good at this kind of stuff, anything to really stick it to their employees.

  46. That would be like my boss firing me because of the muscle relaxers I was prescribed… They changed my state of mind. Seriously how are you going to fire him? It is doctors orders. Too bad this didn’t happen in Arkansas, there’s a lawyer there who loves to sue Walmart. On another note maybe people who may disagree with medical marijuana still ought boycott Walmart… What’s with all the prices being jacked up? One thing in particular Burberry cologne: it used to be 24$, now it’s 42$. I really had to sttop and ask an employee if it was a misprint, as if maybe the person who printed the price tag was dislexic. Seriously that is almost double the price. I used to shop alot at Walmart but I already have been thinking twice before doings so. But as Walmart never ceases to amaze me lately with being a crooked monopoly, I think I’ll take my business elsewhere from now on.

  47. I had planned to go to wal-mart today and get my prescriptions refilled. Now i’m going there to have my prescriptions moved to walgreens and believe me. They WILL know why. I guess they think that their policys TRUMP state law. I aim to misbehave

  48. Sent an amended text email….got address field organised by putting my whole address in the address field, then New York for state and 12345 for zip.

  49. Oh…my reason for doing that wierd address thing is cos I’m in OZ…..else it would have to be a letter. Other Aussies that want 2 email..this is how. (see above)

  50. There are still some of us that shop there in spite of it Not being a good idea. Ya, I know. SO, why don’t we make the most of it by filling your cart with more than you need, then when you get to the check-out line > LEAVE the cart there. Let walmart put it back ! If fact fill a couple of carts! You might put a sign at the bottom of the cart that if they need extra help putting the crap back they might rehire Mr Casias. Other wise we’ll continue to shop there.

  51. How many have been fired by WalMart for testing positive for THC, yet weren’t presently intoxicated or affected? The workplace test for alcohol is for present intoxication, not what you did one, two, or three nights before. This dual standard is inherently unfair and doesn’t make the workplace safer.

  52. Yep, Jayzee, you hit the nail on the head. This needs to be a lesson not just for Walmart but for every employer who wants to bully medical marijuana smokers. I also think there may be a conspiracy here also. They know he has inoperatable brain cancer, then he is going to have to go on extended leave and Walmart doesn’t want to pay him. This is how employers use medical marijuana as an excuse to fire people. He has a prescription for his meds, he needs to be allowed to work. If he had a prescription for Hydrocodone, would he be allowed to work?

  53. marijuana can be used in so many ways; to make clothes, paper, rope, medicine for multiple illnesses… its the safest drug to man.

    why are people naive, alcohol is WAY worse and dangerous than marijuana, its a fact.


  54. This is the main reason why I will continue not to register ANYWHERE as a medical marijuana user. I know that I qualify in numerous states with my chronic condition but they offer no protections!! There are no legal clauses to protect my family, my roommates, my co-workers, my career, or anything! There are still many many ways the intolerance of cannabis can negatively affect the life of a registered medical user and everyone around them. Worse, it seems everyone, even MPP, is MISSING THIS ISSUE! Medical users can be evicted, fired, their roommates or loved ones arrested on possession or cultivation charges, their doctor’s license to practice medicine revoked, their security clearance revoked, or worse. What if you live with your significant other and possess cannabis or paraphernalia. Do your neighbors know not to call the police when they are home alone? Can they prove it does not belong to them? Or that a medical user even lives there? Does your job involve a corporation with a national or internationally applied internal policy against federally prohibited drugs? Can you be randomly tested? If your doctor signs a form, can the DEA obtain it and use it against you both? Why isn’t any of this addressed in the state-level legislation MPP is pushing? What if your roommate is a federal employee or a Lawyer in the BAR? Can they be fired or disbarred for simply not reporting you? If we’re supposed to be protected from arrest and live “normal” and “professional” lives then stop letting states and politicians decide who can and can’t have cannabis. If a state DOES permit its citizens to possess and use cannabis as a medicine, THEN TREAT IT LIKE A MEDICINE! *Doctors* decide what medicine I need, not my representative, not my employer, not my neighbors, NOT ANYONE ELSE. Furthermore, my MEDICAL RECORDS ARE PRIVATE! If a governing body agrees that marijuana can be used as medicine it should be treated as privately as anything else on my medical record, if not more so! Frankly, I think health care should cover the cost for that matter! Non-smoked cannabis is less toxic than Tylenol. Wal-mart doesn’t give a F what this person’s background is in terms of health care or anything else! Employee #234095374593689625 failed a drug screening. What does policy dictate? Termination. That is as far as one should reasonably expect any large corporation to go in terms of decision making here. I honestly doubt Wal-mart even asked which drug Joe tested positively for.


    – PROTECT our hardworking compassionate doctors who recommend the medicine we need based on long-standing relationships, medical history, and a clean practice and track record!
    – PROTECT the hardworking employee striving to get away from the criminal element:
    we have careers AND we contribute heavily to society!! We ARE Doctors, Lawyers, *Presidents*, Engineers, CEOs, Police Officers, Federal Agents and more!
    – MAKE businesses allow for ALL STATE-APPROVED MEDICINES in their policy when they open for business there!
    – PROTECT the renters and home-owners from being evicted for their cannabis use/possession.
    We pay our rent/mortgage on time and in full and we’re only guilty of renting from intolerant landlords and buying into communities with intolerant HOAs.

    Joe Casias is a martyr, but he was not “slain” by Wal-mart per se. This is a policy issue. YOU are the Marijuana *POLICY* Project. So lets make this about *POLICY* and not Wal-mart! They are jerks for what they did, but the issue is bigger than them and bigger than Joe Casias. I hope everyone can see that.

  55. I have written them a letter through their website. It says,
    “I will be hereby boycotting all WalMart stores and subsidiaries until the draconian policy of firing LEGAL users of medical marijuana is reversed and apologized for. Think about your position logically! With a prescription for the drug, NO LAW WAS BROKEN. Do you fire everyone who takes “narcotic” prescribed drugs such as Xanax or Klonopin? I think not – because you don’t want to be sued and boycotted.

    The days of “pot” being some boogieman drug (equivalent to heroin and crack) are coming to an end. People are beginning to see its prohibition as what it was – a political trick motivated by ignorance and greed. In the meantime, consumers such as myself will disdain vast corporations who show an obvious lack of concern for the very workers who give them their wealth and power. Whoever’s reading this ought to be ASHAAAAMED on behalf of WalMart for terminating a cancer patient for using “that wicked grass.” Would you have been more forgiving had he drunk his pain into oblivion on a river of beer and wine? Of course you would have – your store sells that stuff! Greedy, ignorant bastards….


  56. Between this event and the Dead Peasants Policy that Micheal Moore told me about . This is not a temporary boycott. It’s a permanet parting of ways.

  57. Ron Henning, you’re a genius! Acts of civil disobedience are FAR more effective than snarky letters, so count me in. Most people disdain that kind of thing because they don’t have the time or don’t want to risk getting in trouble or (gulp!) banned from WalMart forever! I’ll do just what you said, letter and all. Furthermore, I’ll spend a good deal of time in their freezer section before I abandon the cart in a very inconspicuous face. There’s no law against this, I think. “Malicious mischief” perhaps, but I don’t look like trouble so by the time they figure it out, I’m long gone.


  58. Jenna and Rod Henning I’m with y’all AND I live in ARKANSAS!! and look very harmless and incapacious…I also live near several wally worlds!! Will type my notes now!!

  59. Hey Mike ,
    It’s that very simple minded mentality that keeps this stupid practice of drug testing to hire or fire people who don’t smoke marijuana at work. But these very people go home and drink and beat up their spouses and sexually attack their children and commit a lot of other senseless violence on their family and others , not to forget to mention killing people with their cars and what ever else they can get their hands on. But it is legal to drink alcohol at home and in public places without losing their jobs or getting a job. Either find out whats up with this picture or put the shut to the up.

  60. I have a question about the practice of not organizing or not being involved with protesting the legalization of marijuana. If That is MPP policy. How is it they are standing behind a boycott on walmart? Don’t get me wrong. I am with them on the outrage of firing that poor man with cancer, but doesn’t that fall under being involved with a protest. Like I said I have no problem with the boycott on walmart no matter how futile it is because of the federal guidelines on companies and corporations that have contracts with them ,but they shouldn’t play both sides of the issue. Such as saying one thing is ok, but no to the other side such as helping organize protest or marches against the continued stupidity of the war on drugs. Specifically, the war on marijuana. Medical or recreational.
    P.S. To Mike and like minded people. It’s not just about legalizing medical marijuana or marijuana in general so people can just get high. It also has economic and socialogical values as well. It cost far more to prosecute and remove and jail otherwise law abiding people from the streets for tax payers than anything else. The money they could collect for taxes would be multiple times more than it would cost for the first ten years of the lifetime of the health care program. As a matter of fact. Here’s a way to pay for it. Do the math. And don’t forget the other side of the coin. For every otherwise law abiding person you put in jail for marijuana ,you are putting a person that could be paying taxes insteaded of you paying taxes to put and keep them there while the over crowded court system is letting violent criminals out early because the jails are over crowded with otherwise law abiding , non violent people who just want to smoke pot. Think People! Think!!!!!!!

  61. We have created a group on Facebook called Boycott Walmart Support Joseph Caisas. Here is the link:
    If we can get enough people to join this group it will generate medica attention that willhelp put pressure on Walmart to change it’s policies, so join and invite ALL of your friends to do the same. Spread the word.

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