Henry Cobbs is appealing his dismissal as dean of the Air Force Special Operations School. He was using CBD oil to help treat a form of prostate cancer. His appeal has been filed with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
Cobbs began using CBD oil in October after receiving a prescription from a doctor, reports NWF Daily News. Only two co-workers knew of his use. One also has a prostate cancer diagnosis and the other may have symptoms of the disease. Yet Cobbs mysteriously received a termination letter.
Cobbs said, “I availed myself of everything I could.”
Cobbs submitted his paperwork for retirement on the morning of August 15. That afternoon, he received his termination notice. Regardless of his retirement, he still plans to move forward with his appeal.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order making all federal workplaces drug-free. Since CBD is still considered a Schedule I drug, it’s still considered illegal. The order says “the term ‘illegal drugs’ does not mean the use of a controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription or other uses authorized by law.”
Cobbs’ cancer appears to be “contained” at the moment. He said, “You’re going to make me choose between a job and cancer?”