A Honolulu firefighter with a prescription for medical marijuana who tested positive on random testing will keep his job, but must complete counseling and stop using the drug.
The unidentified firefighter reportedly has a medical marijuana card and can lawfully possess and use the drug. However, the Hawaii law that legalizes medical marijuana does not require employers to accommodate its use.
According to Hawaii News Now, the firefighter and a Honolulu police officer who also tested positive have been given “one strike”, and warned that future positive tests will not be tolerated. Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under federal law, and as such remains illegal even in jurisdictions where state law allows.
Here is some additional information on Hawaii’s medical marijuana law: Hawaii Physian-Information-Med-Marijuana-rev113011