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fox 55 news. a fort wayne man is looking for answers after being fired from his factory job for failing a drug test-- but he's not a drug user.fox 55's abby jackson is live in the studio with more. abby? hunter, after matt winicker was called for a drug test, he expected to go right back to work, but that wasn't the case. winicker is a cbd user, but he says he was fired after testing positive for thc. )matt winicker is trying to figure out his next move after being fired from his job of eight years. "we had a random drug screen and i failed the initial drug screen for thc, and come to find out it was from taking cbd oil." ) winicker started using full spectrum cbd oil this year to deal with stress. he also noticed immediate relief for back pain. we've told you on fox 55 the point three percent of thc in cbd oil is not enough to get someone high, and it isn't supposed to be enough to fail a drug test.i looked to a pain management doctor for answers. "there's pure isolate, which is just 100% cbd and there's also something called full spectrum where other cannabinoids are a part of the medicine or the tincture. in those particular products, that trace amount can sometimes be detected on drug screens." )labs are required to report any thc level above 15 nanograms per milliliter... winicker's level was 28, and the lab told him the average marijuana user has levels of 3000 nanograms. he pleaded his case with the company, but still can't be considered for rehire for six months. "christmas is coming up, holidays, daily expenses, house payments. i have to make a huge adjustment to make up for this." )doctor ailinali says any cbd user who fears they could fail a drug test is better off using thc free products. "at those levels, the medicinal properties are little to none." )winicker is looking for a new job, but it's proven difficult."the first question everybody asks is why i left my previous place of employment. and i have to tell them what happened. i failed a drug screen." )now he wants something to change. "either companies need to review their policies to adjust to this, or new laws need to be put in to protect people that are taking it." winicker has reached out to lawyers but they said indiana employers can fire for any reason. he's also reached out to state representatives, and has stopped his use of full spectrum cbd oil. reporting live in the studio abby jackson fox