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Florida teacher, veteran with PTSD, is trying to save his job after he lost it over his medical marijuana prescription



For more than an hour on Wednesday, the school board debated ways to handle punishment for a teacher who is prescribed medical marijuana. Board members were concerned that they would set a dangerous precedent if they allowed Marine veteran Michael Hickman to continue working after violating school policy.

The board debated issuing Hickman a 20-day or more suspension without pay if he agreed to no longer use medical marijuana. Such usage is a violation of Marion County Public Schools’ drug-free workplace policy.

Michael Hickman attends a virtual court hearing Wednesday morning.(Screenshot of hearing)


A Marion County teacher fears he may lose his job over the medical marijuana he’s prescribed for PTSD, according to news reports.

Michael Hickman told WESH-Channel 2 that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a Marine in Desert Storm.

Hickman was promoted last year to a dean at Belleview High School, about 9 miles southeast of Ocala, the TV station reported.

The WESH report said the marijuana showed up in a drug test the school board required Hickman to take after he was hurt breaking up a fight.

“School officials said taking medical marijuana is legal according to state law, but not legal according to federal law” and that it could hurt federal funding for the school system.


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