Trucker claims job denied over medical pot

Trucker Patti Satok (MICHAEL PEAKE, Toronto Sun)

Trucker Patti Satok (MICHAEL PEAKE, Toronto Sun)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

Patti Satok is a tough mother trucker — a straight-talking, red cowboy-boot wearing former boxing champ — but she says she has been beaten up more by the trucking industry than she ever was in the ring.

Now she’s fighting back for her right to keep on trucking — even if she does have a prescription for medicinal marijuana.

In 2006, five years after she started driving a truck, Satok was crushed by a 680-kilogram skid of bottled water that pinned her against the inside wall of her tractor trailer, shattering her shoulder, knees and hip. She’s had one surgery to repair her shoulder and another is scheduled next month for her knee. “I live with chronic, widespread pain every single day,” says the 50-year-old mother of one as she pulls out a “buzz fudge” marijuana brownie at a Mississauga truck stop.

 


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