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A DEA Agent That Got Fired For Using CBD, Sued The Agency and Won

Former agent sued DEA for termination over CBD hemp oil
Written by PsychePen

How would you feel if using CBD will cost you your job?

Summary: Anthony L. Armour, a former DEA agent, was fired in 2019 after using using CBD oil for chronic pain. His termination led to a prolonged legal battle, highlighting the complexities surrounding the CBD industry and federal employment policies. Recently, the Department of Justice agreed to rehire him, covering back pay, legal expenses, and pension eligibility.

DEA Agent’s Fight for Job Reinstatement After CBD-Related Firing

Anthony L. Armour, an “outstanding” DEA agent, faced career derailment in 2019 due to a positive drug test for marijuana. Armour had turned to CBD oil to manage chronic pain, considering it a safer alternative to opioids, which he often encountered in his narcotics investigations. Despite CBD’s legal status under federal law, its unregulated nature led to inconsistencies in product composition, causing Armour and others to fail drug tests.

The legal battle that ensued between Armour and the Department of Justice highlighted the challenges within the burgeoning CBD industry. CBD, derived from hemp, contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. However, the unreliability of product labels and the presence of THC in some CBD products have led to legal and employment issues.

Armour’s case, which involved wrongful termination claims, emphasized the lack of clear DEA policies on CBD use by employees. The Department of Justice initially argued that Armour should have anticipated the risk of a positive drug test. However, in a recent settlement, the government acknowledged no intentional wrongdoing on Armour’s part and agreed to reinstate him with compensation.

This case reflects the broader re-evaluation of cannabis’s risks and medicinal value. The Biden administration is reassessing cannabis’s legal and regulatory status, following federal scientists’ conclusion that its medicinal potential warrants a reclassification from the most restrictive drug category.

Why It Matters: Armour’s case sheds light on the evolving landscape of cannabis regulation and its implications for federal employees. It underscores the need for clearer policies and regulations regarding CBD use, especially in federal agencies like the DEA. The case also highlights the challenges faced by individuals seeking safer pain management alternatives amidst the opioid crisis.

Potential Implications: The resolution of Armour’s case could prompt federal agencies to revise their policies on CBD and cannabis use among employees. It may also influence the ongoing debate on cannabis legalization and its classification as a controlled substance. Additionally, this case could lead to more rigorous standards and labeling requirements in the CBD industry to prevent similar incidents.

Source: NY Times

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