Bus Driver Fired Over Pot-Laced Brownies

Friday, Sep 28, 2012  |  Updated 2:10 PM PDT
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Bus Driver Fired Over Pot-Laced Brownies

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Officials say they've fired a San Diego bus driver who brought marijuana-laced brownies to work, but the drivers who unwittingly ate the brownies are returning to work.

Metropolitan Transit System spokesman Rob Schupp says 57-year-old Ku'uipoaloha Lawler was fired after a hearing. Lawler previously said he also didn't know the brownies contained pot.

Two drivers who unknowingly ate them had been on leave since the Aug. 26 incident, refusing to return because they'd been required to undergo drug counseling under federal law. A third driver accepted the provisions.

MTS officials told U-T San Diego Thursday that federal transit authorities waived the requirement because those drivers were innocent victims.

Officials say the drivers acted properly by pulling over and calling replacements as soon as they felt the brownies' effects.

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