Attorney: City illegally scrubbed Connecticut firefighter candidate over medical marijuana use

  • Source: Connecticut Post
  • Published: 02/13/2019 12:00 AM

James Bulerin III has dreamt of following in his father’s footprints and becoming a city firefighter. But city officials have dashed those dreams because Bulerin has a medical marijuana card and tested positive for the drug. “The city has disqualified him from being a firefighter which is a clear violation of the state law,” said Bulerin’s lawyer, Thomas Bucci, who this week filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on his client’s behalf. “As long as he is not using the drug during working hours, he can’t be denied an employment opportunity,” Bucci said. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Superior Court here and, depending on a judge’s decision, the case could end up before the state Supreme Court — which has not yet reviewed the state’s medical marijuana law.


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