Oregon TV anchor says she was fired for marijuana – King 5 – KING5.com

Max Barr, KGW.com Staff
12:11 p.m. PDT July 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Eugene, Oregon TV news anchor said she was recently fired from her job for testing positive for marijuana.

Cyd Maurer, 25, said she was driving a work vehicle in May when she got into a fender bender on her way to a live shot.

“I was immediately forced to take a drug test, to pee in a cup, and that was that,” she wrote on her website. She also told her story in a YouTube video posted July 23.

Maurer, who graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, said her bosses at KEZI knew she was responsible and told her they wanted her to keep her job, but the decision to fire her after the positive drug test came from a corporate attorney.

Maurer said she smoked marijuana a few days before the minor traffic crash.

“I wasn’t fired because I couldn’t do my job. I wasn’t fired because of my work ethic, my attitude, or my abilities,” Maurer said. “I was fired for enjoying a plant, on my own time, in the privacy of my own home. A plant that the majority of voters in Oregon believe should be legal.”

On July 1, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon for people 21 and older. Workplace laws regarding pot, however, did not change. That means if your employer has a policy that forbids marijuana use or drug tests for it, you can still be fired for smoking it, even if you use it for medical purposes.

Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled that a medical marijuana patient could be fired after failing a drug test, even though recreational pot is legal in the state. Oregon’s marijuana law could support a similar ruling.

Maurer, now a marijuana activist, said that anyone who is OK with alcohol should not have a problem with marijuana use. Marijuana has never impacted her job performance in a negative way, she said.

“I think much of the issue stems from a lack of exposure – we need more realistic examples of responsible and normal marijuana users! And that’s why I’m sharing my story,” she wrote.

Maurer was an intern for KING5.com in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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