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Arizona database allows employer to find out if you’re a medical marijuana user

By Howard Fischer

Capitol Media Services/East Valley Tribune

Think you can show up at work with your clothes reeking of marijuana and get away with it just by saying the doctor told you to inhale?

RLG client Esther Shapiro lost her job because she has an Ariz. MMJ card.

Think again.

You may not know it, but your boss is entitled to check with the state Department of Health Services to find out if you are, in fact, a medical marijuana user. In fact, the database will even disclose how much marijuana you’ve bought legally in the last 60 days.

And so far about 170 firms, from small shops through Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and U-Haul International, have signed up to do just that.

Those same firms also can use the online database to check out the accuracy of claims by job applicants who say they can’t pass a drug test — and don’t have to — because they are legally using marijuana.

There also are dozens of police departments that also are registered users of an online database to verify just who is and is not entitled to possess and smoke the drug. And that means officers can quickly tell if those they have stopped are entitled to have that baggie of Dutch dragon, Maui blue or white widow on the seat next to you



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