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

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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)

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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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