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Medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2016.
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A Florida high school teacher was fired for using medicinal cannabis, the Associated Press reports.
Despite state legalizing medical cannabis five years ago, Brevard County’s school board voted 3-2 to dismiss Allison Enright from her position at Space Coast Junior / Senior High School.
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In 2019, the school district passed a policy allowing students to consume medicinal cannabis, but teachers were not involved.
According to the School Board’s General Counsel, Paul Gibbs, the school district cannot hire teachers who use medicinal cannabis because federal regulations continue to classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance. Allowing teachers to use cannabis would prevent the school district from receiving federal grants, Gibbs said.
Enright’s medical cannabis use came to light after suffering a workplace injury and undergoing a drug test.
Enright said she was unaware that she was violating the district’s guidelines, which state that teachers cannot use illegal drugs but make no mention of medical cannabis. Enright previously relied on opioids to treat various health conditions, and says she takes THC capsules twice a day under the guidance of a doctor.
“I want to be clear: I don’t use drugs,” Enright said during a school district meeting earlier this week. “I don’t smoke a pot. I am not getting high. “
According to the AP, board members regretted having to fire Enright but upheld the school district’s decision.
In 2019, a substitute teacher in Attleborough, Massachusetts was fired after lighting a joint in a class. The students in the class reported the incident to the headmaster, and the substitute teacher was subsequently fired and banned from campus.
Both medical cannabis and adult cannabis are legal in Massachusetts.
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