July 4, 2022

An MTA worker statements he’s been demoted, subjected to random drug screening and pressured to go to drug counseling 4 moments a 7 days — since he legally takes benefit of medicinal marijuana.

Myles Watson, 44, sued for financial damages in Brooklyn Supreme Courtroom on Friday, boasting he was demoted in extra of his weed follow which “must be accommodated related to his disabilities,” the match reported.

Watson “might function any job together with his skilled medical hashish prescription as he wouldn’t use his medication when functioning and there are not any lingering outcomes that would scale back him from carrying out the important capabilities of his work,” the swimsuit mentioned.

In his match, Watson claimed he started making use of pot quickly after changing into wounded in a 2017 automotive crash. MTA officers uncovered the weed use proper after a March 2019 drug check out, suspended him and compelled him to go to rehab.

A second crash that December spurred Watson to start out off using CBD — a chemical situated in marijuana that not psychoactive and is lawful to promote and use.

MTA employee Myles Watson claimed in a lawsuit that he was demoted as a result of he used medicinal hashish.
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Nonetheless Watson was caught by a distinct drug examination in Oct 2020 and suspended as soon as extra. He then obtained a authorized marijuana card to maintain lately recognized Crohn’s situation. MTA officers denied him an lodging for the drug and despatched him again once more to rehab and counseling.

In keeping with his go effectively with, Watson, a seven-calendar 12 months MTA veteran who labored as a cellphone maintainer and fiber optic technician, misplaced his motorcar and his daughters’ wellness insurance coverage coverage and virtually had to surrender his family although serving the unpaid suspension.

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Transit officers in the end approved him to return to do the job — however as a decrease compensated station cleaner. He’s prohibited from making use of even his prescribed health-related hashish and proceeds to attend compulsory drug checks three events every week, the go effectively with claimed.

Watson obtained a medical marijuana card due to his Crohn's disease.
Watson acquired a healthcare hashish card because of his Crohn’s ailment.
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“Myles Watson has suffered monetary damages, struggling and struggling and psychological accidents by purpose of the discrimination, carelessness, recklessness, carelessness and retaliation of NYC and NYCTA,” in accordance to the match 1st documented by Brooklyn Paper.

New York legalized leisure marijuana final 12 months.

An MTA spokesman declined to touch upon pending litigation.

Added reporting by Priscilla DeGregory