Eight days after accepting a systems administration job with Sacramento’s RagingWire Telecommunications Inc. in 2001, Gary Ross was fired for testing positive for marijuana.

The 43-year-old father of two admitted he smoked pot at home for back pain, but explained it was legally prescribed by his doctor under the state’s Compassionate Use Act. His new bosses backed their decision, however, by citing federal law that still criminalizes marijuana.

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