Lafayette Consolidated Authorities has filed an enchantment to terminate a Lafayette Police officer who acquired his job again after he stated he failed a drug check as a result of he was utilizing CBD dietary supplements.
Bernard Anderson was fired in June for violating the town’s illicit drug coverage after a screening confirmed he examined optimistic for marijuana metabolite. He informed Inside Affairs investigators he was taking a CBD complement as a sleep help and by no means ingested marijuana.
The Lafayette Fireplace and Police Civil Service Board voted 3-1 in December to provide Anderson his job again with pay.
However the metropolis appealed that call in district courtroom, arguing in a submitting final month that the choice to overturn its termination of Anderson was “not made in good religion or for trigger” and requested a choose to reverse the board’s choice.
A date has not but been set for a choose to listen to arguments.
Anderson was concerned in an on-duty automotive accident on Dec 24, 2020, and, per division coverage, needed to take a drug check. The check got here again optimistic for marijuana metabolite. Anderson retested and the marijuana metabolite was nonetheless there.
As a result of marijuana instantly begins to interrupt down within the physique, some drug labs select to check for marijuana metabolite, which stays within the system longer and is restricted to conventional marijuana, a health care provider testified earlier than the board.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is derived from hemp crops, that are the identical species as marijuana however include just about not one of the psychoactive compounds that get folks excessive. To be authorized in Louisiana, CBD should include lower than 0.3% of THC.
Throughout Anderson’s December listening to earlier than the civil service board, his lawyer, Allyson Prejean, argued that as a result of there isn’t a particular coverage for CBD and the check couldn’t decide whether or not the optimistic check was attributed to CBD or marijuana, Anderson ought to get his job again.
Michael Corry, the lawyer representing the police division and LCG, argued Anderson violated the town’s zero-tolerance drug coverage when his check got here again optimistic.
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