A trucker who used a cannabidiol to help with pain was fired by his company when he failed a drug test. Now he’s suing the company who made the cannabidiol product because there wasn’t supposed to be any THC in it – the principal psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.
Douglas Horn and his wife drove as a team for 10 years. They were successful, making around $200,000 a year annually. But an injury from a truck accident had Horn suffering from back and shoulder pain. He saw an ad for a hemp cannabidoil (CBD) product manufactured by Dixie Elixirs, and decided to try it.
“As an over-the-road trucker, subject to regular and random drug-test screenings, I was acutely aware that in addition to the prohibition from smoking marijuana, I could not take any product with THC in it,” Horn wrote in an sworn affidavit filed as part of his lawsuit.
The product was made from industrial hemp, not marijuana. According to the manufacturer, the product didn’t have any Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it, only CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive, and is used for its medicinal properties including as a painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug.
But when Horn was drug tested by his company after taking the drug, he was told he had almost double the allowable cut-off for a “marijuana metabolite,” and was fired. When Horn underwent additional toxicology screenings, it came back with high levels of THC.
Horn is now suing Dixie Elixirs, claiming that despite the company’s claims that the product he took contained 0 THC, it clearly contained at least enough for him to lose his job.
Since he was fired, Horn has been unable to land a new trucking job given his prior failure of a drug test.