Comedian, Voice over talent, good guy.
Tom Wrigglesworth is an established Stand-Up comedian, Radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist from Sheffield, England. With a disarmingly charming delivery and unforgettable appearance, this Yorkshire funny man became a national have-a-go-hero when he rescued a little old lady from the jaws of a Virgin train ticket inspector; only to be arrested for begging. His subsequent story of the event secured Tom several awards including the Chortle Best Show Award, and a nomination for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award. This led to a sell out tour of the UK, and runs at the New Zealand Comedy Festival and prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. Following this, Tom recorded two series of ‘Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters’ for BBC Radio 4, tackling consumer issues in his own hilarious way and winning a highly acclaimed Sony Award for best Radio Comedy along the way.
His next radio project, ‘Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups’ for BBC Radio 4 is currently in its second series and focuses on telephone conversations with his parents. As a natural and engaging television presenter, Tom put his technical background to use when he appeared on ‘Electric Dreams’ for BBC 2, advising a modern family as they fast forwarded through three decades of technology. He then presented Engineering Giants, also for BBC 2, which saw Tom climbing aboard an oil platform, servicing a passenger ferry and dismantling a jumbo-jet whilst interviewing various engineers to keep the viewers informed as the three major strip downs unfolded. Further television credits include being a regular contributor on The Discovery Channel where he explains the science behind crowd sourced stunts and experiments on the popular show ‘ You have been warned’. He is also known for his uncanny resemblance to Green Bay Packers Quarter back Aaron Rodgers and worked with NFL films to create ‘The Incredible Mr Wrigglesworth’.
This short film which featured Tom performing in Green Bay, receiving the key to the city and coming his face to face with his doppleganger became a viral You Tube hit. Since winning the Channel 4 new comedian competition, ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ in 2003, Tom is now firmly established as one of the most original, talented and respected comedians on the UK and International comedy circuit.
Can Employees Smoke Medical Marijuana at Work?
When he tested positive for marijuana, he told us not to worry and produced a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana which he uses to relieve his pain from an injury. As of June 2010, laws legalizing possession of marijuana for certain medical purposes exist in fourteen states and the District of Columbia, including: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and New Jersey. Figuring out these state laws can put even the clearest thinker in a haze, but they basically allow a seriously ill patient to grow and/or use marijuana, generally with a doctor’s written or oral recommendation. State laws conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act which prohibits the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana, but a 2009 memorandum from the US Department of Justice states it will focus its resources on prosecuting large-scale enterprises that unlawfully sell marijuana, and not individuals who are compliant with their state’s medical marijuana law. Court cases in several states have challenged the termination of an employee or the withdrawal of a job offer for individuals who have a legal prescription for marijuana use, based on a positive marijuana test.
State courts generally have ruled that employers are not legally required to accommodate marijuana use, whether the person is a candidate for employment or a current employee who comes to you and says she now has a prescription and intends to use it. In California, the state Supreme Court held that the law protects medical marijuana users from criminal prosecution, but not from being fired. The case in question involved an employee’s off-duty use of medical marijuana to treat a disability. In Oregon, physician-prescribed marijuana for chronic pain is legal, but the law specifically states that employers are not required to accommodate the use of medical marijuana at work. The state of Washington ruled that an employer’s drug-free workplace policy can supercede the Medical Use of Marijuana Act.
If you do test an employee, a urine test is not the best test to use. In a nutshell, you do not have to accommodate the use of medical marijuana when making a hiring decision or for current employees.
Aim High: Marijuana legalization puts US military in a pickle
With Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia recently voting to legalize recreational marijuana use two years after Colorado and Washington passed their own referendums, the army has gone to great lengths to remind their troops that state law holds no sway for servicemen. The military, as a federal institution, is governed by federal laws, under which marijuana possession remains a criminal offense. The top brass claims to keep cadets on the straight and narrow by issuing frequent drug tests and stiff penalties for those who test positive for marijuana. Army testing data recently obtained by the Washington Times through a Freedom of Information presents a less than clear picture regarding the frequency with which military bases in states that have legalized marijuana are testing troops for the substance. According to the FOI, of the 41,000 soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, only about 75 percent – or 30,836 soldiers – were tested for marijuana in fiscal year 2014.
At Fort Carson, Colorado all 26,000 active duty personal stationed at the base were tested during the same period. According to data, the number of soldiers testing positive for marijuana dropped from 315 in fiscal 2012 to 250 in fiscal 2013. A similar trend was registered at Fort Carson, with the total number of soldiers testing positive dropping from 365 to 254 over the same period. Army officials told the Washington Times that the current random testing regime is a strong enough deterrent to keep soldiers from smoking marijuana. Due to the perceived success of the current policy, no plans are in order to boost testing in states with more liberal marijuana use regimes. 2010 case, an Oregon National Guard reservist who received a medical marijuana license for crippling cases of rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome faced court martial despite the fact that she was unable to return to service due to her health and was set to be discharged.
As for spouses, cases have already been registered of service members getting stopped by base guards while driving on base, where marijuana legally prescribed to a spouse got the soldier in hot water.