NY park ranger loses job, denied law enforcement positions over text to wife about medical cannabis: lawsuit

The NY post..

A Long Island man claims he was turned down from jobs in law enforcement and lost his position as a park ranger all because of a text message telling his wife not to smoke too much pot with her mom — who had a medical marijuana license.

“Everything has been stripped away from me, and I feel I’m never going to get ahead,” Nicholas Aponte, 32, of Hauppauge, told The Post.

“It’s almost scary for me to even apply for a job now.”

Aponte says he was unfairly forced out of his job as an Islip park ranger — which he held for less than a year — and denied jobs as an NYPD cop and a state trooper simply because of his association with his mother-in-law, who had a medical marijuana license, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Thursday.

The text message came to light during a 2019 vetting interview for the trooper position after Aponte already passed exams for the NYPD and state police, the court papers say.

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