Medical marijuana is legal here in NJ. The university is overstepping their boundaries. His medical treatment plan is between him and his doctor. He's suffering from PTSD and now they're threatening him with his job if he doesn't stop using his LEGALLY OBTAINED marijuana. Shame on Princeton.
LinkDon DeZarn, 48, has worked for Princeton University for 18 years. Before that, he worked for the U.S. Army and Navy, where he acquired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for which medical marijuana is a recognized treatment. Last week, DeZarn was given an ultimatum by his employer: stop participating in NJs medical marijuana program or forfeit his job.
As of yesterday morning, DeZarn, a senior operations manager for the campus dining department, says he is suspended with pay. He informed his supervisors, employee health and human resources representatives about his marijuana usage. When he advised Public Safety, however, they informed him that there would need to be an investigation. DeZarn went into work on Monday as normal, but says Human Resources told him that he is suspended with pay and then escorted him to his vehicle.
All I have ever asked for from the University is to be allowed to take my physician prescribed medication just like any other employee. DeZarn told Marijuana.com Monday morning. I am absolutely NOT interested in any way in seeking any type of legal damages from the University. I do not have an attorney and at this point do not intend to retain one. I just keep hoping this is a bad nightmare and I will wake up and everything will be OK.