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July 05, 2017

Man claims South Jersey company fired him for using medical marijuana

A South Jersey company has been sued for discrimination by a former worker who claims he was fired for using medical marijuana to treat a chronic illness.

Joseph Cobb III sued Bridgeton-based Ardagh Glass, a glass maker, claiming he was let go despite his “stellar work performance,” according to the Associated Press. He’s seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

The company declined comment to the AP, saying it does not discuss pending litigation.

According to the AP, Cobb was prescribed medical marijuana earlier this year to help treat his Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that impacts the body’s connective tissue.

Injured on the job, Cobb took a drug test on March 12, the AP report said, and showed his employers his medical marijuana card the next day. He said he was fired anyway.

Ardagh Glass is part of the Ardagh Group, a multinational corporation that provides glass and metal packaging solutions for consumer brands. The company operates 109 glass and metal manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, employing about 23,500 people, according to its web site.

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