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.
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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