CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois legalized medical marijuana, but employers can still fire employees who fail a drug test. Nick Torraco chose medical marijuana over his job and hopes taking a stand will change company policies.
Air Force veteran and former active duty national guardsman Torraco is currently with the reserves as a firefighter, and now he’s one of more than 40,000 people who can buy and use medical marijuana legally in the state of Illinois.
“Marijuana just helps with everything,” he said.
He just got his provisional registration card.
“PTSD, depression, anxiety. I get headaches a lot,” he said.
And like so many others, Torraco has a difficult choice to make — to use marijuana or stay employed.
He said he’s choosing medical marijuana.
“It’s pretty much a life saver,” he said. “The job was so rewarding, but my life means more. And my health. And knowing…