Feb 9, 2017 11:15 AM

7 Areas Where Human Rights Are Limited for Marijuana Users

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Though marijuana use is legalized in 28 American states, legal pot users still face a lot of limitations of their human rights if they decide to openly consume weed. This happens because of the federal law that considers marijuana an illicit drug. Unfortunately, even those states that try to develop a pot-friendly environment can do little with federal limitations.

1. Healthcare

Marijuana users often report difficulties in accessing some medical procedures because of their weed consumption. For instance, pregnant women who use medical pot to deal with nausea or people suffering from chronic pain may be kicked out of their medical programs.

Moreover, weed users are not considered as candidates for the needed organ transplants. Though California has already passed a bill in 2015 that prohibits to deny transplants because of cannabis use, other states still can reject transplant candidates if they consume marijuana.

2. Gun Ownership

When S. Rowan Wilson, a medical marijuana card holder in Nevada, filed a lawsuit against a gun shop that refused to sell her a weapon, the court came up with a decision that drug consumers tend to have unpredictable behavior that should not be associated with gun use. Thus, medical marijuana patients cannot use the Second Amendment right like any other American.

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3. Insurance

There are many cases when open marijuana users face difficulties with insurance companies because of their weed consumption. For instance, Molly Peckler, founder of Highly Devoted Coaching, had to make a huge effort to find a company that does not require to pass a drug test.

However, Derek Peterson, founder of Terra Tech, was not as lucky as Peckler. He used weed for medical purposes, and the insurance company rejected to provide him with a policy as they could not deal with anyone who consumed marijuana.

So, if you are an open marijuana consumer, get ready that you may not get insurance for your property, health, or vehicle.

4. Employment

Even in states with legal access to marijuana, employers have the right to dismiss workers over weed consumption. If a doctor prescribes you pot for medical purposes, you can be penalized at work for a positive THC test. Moreover, companies can reject your application simply because you are a marijuana user.

According to national laws, workers of federal agencies cannot use weed even during their non-working hours. There are also categories of employees, such as healthcare and transportation workers, whose consumption of weed is controlled at the federal level.

This ambiguity leads to ethical dilemmas for lawyers and doctors. While lawyers are not allowed to help cannabis consumers break the federal law, physicians may lose their licenses for recommending medical cannabis to their patients.

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5. Banking

Federal law does not allow banks and credit card companies to service marijuana customers and businesses. Though some local financial institutions are taking on weed companies, major banks may be penalized for money laundering.

Thus, pot businesses that carry out their activity in several states face difficulties in keeping money in the federally regulated financial system. Though some states with legal marijuana have already tried to develop an end-run around the federal law, they are still limited in their actions.

6. Military Service

Scientific studies have already demonstrated the efficiency of marijuana in treating chronic pain and post-traumatic syndrome, but military officers still restrain from weed use in order not to lose their positions.

Roger Martin, founder of Grow for Vets, says that unbearable chronic pain causes service members to commit suicide, and if someone dares to treat their illness with marijuana, they will become national heroes.

However, the U.S. Air Force has already revised their employment requirements and announced that former cannabis consumers will not be disqualified regardless of when they used weed for the last time.

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7. Housing

Federal law prohibits marijuana use in federally assisted housing. Though housing managers do not usually check residents with a drug test, you may be disqualified if someone sees evidence of your weed consumption.

Even if you rent a room and do not receive federal subsidies, but your lease is not pot-friendly, you may be evicted from their apartment for cultivating or using cannabis.

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