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Woman with MS sues over cannabis dismissal

An American woman who was using CBD oil to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) is suing her former employer after being dismissed following a failed drug test.



Melanie Farr, a 48-year-old drug counsellor from San Antonio, found relief in placing drops of CBD oil under her tongue to help offset the effects of MS, a debilitating lifelong condition in which the immune system attacks the body and causes nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.

Ms Farr, who was diagnosed with MS in 1997, claimed the CBD oil improved her gait, eased her pain and lowered her blood pressure.

However, her employer, Management and Training Corporation (MTC), in Utah, which offers rehabilitation programs for prisoners, dismissed her immediately following a drug test, during which the CBD was detected.

Ms Farr is now suing the company, saying MTC did not accommodate her disability, and further claiming the informed her bosses she was using CBD oil for her condition.

The company is accused of acting with malice, or reckless indifferencetoward her rights that are guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms Farr is seeking unspecified sums of money for compensatory and punitive damages, as well as reimbursement for lost wages and benefits. 

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