As if we needed any more reasons to boycott Wal-Mart. A Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, Michigan recently fired one of its associates of the year for using medical marijuana. Joe Casias, who was chosen for associate of the year in 2008, has survived sinus cancer and is currently living with an inoperable brain tumor. He was following all state laws regarding his medication and never went to work high or medicated while at work. The drug reform community, of course, is up in arms about this nonsense.
Change.org immediately created a petition calling for Wal-Mart to reverse its decision. Change.org has had success with online petitions in the past, including a petition that ultimately caused CBS to reverse its decision to ban a NORML ad in Times Square.
Now, boycotting Wal-Mart in this town is going to be a difficult thing to follow through on. There are three Wal-Mart stores in Columbia, and it’s hard to go a week without making a Wal-Mart run. My challenge: No shopping at Wal-Mart until they reverse their decision. We have three Gerbes grocery stores here in town, and two (going on three) Hy-Vee stores. You should be able to find alternative places to shop. In a capitalist system, boycotts are one of the most effective ways to make your voice heard. Money talks.