Blackwood said the doctor who treated him said he could receive a false-positive result because he takes CBD oil to treat polymyocitis, an autoimmune illness. Because of the positive test result, he said district officials placed him on administrative leave on March 28 pending an investigation.
“It’s been a difficult time,” Blackwood said Tuesday afternoon, at the office of his attorney, Julie Oinonen. “It’s put stress on my family and friends who care about me.”
He said he continued his court case because CBD oil has become more commonly used to treat ailments, and he does not want to see others endure what he has.
“This is precedent setting in the use of CBD oil,” he said. “So much research has gone into this. It is an alternative to opioids, which I refuse to take. Hopefully, it paves the way for something better.”
Blackwood said he looks forward to returning to work, and receiving the back pay from the time since he’s been suspended.