URGENT!! ATTENTION MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM PATIENTS -
HEARING on YOUR RIGHT TO USE CANNABIS WITHOUT GETTING FIRED FROM YOUR JOB!!
Monday, November 7th, 8:45 a.m.
, Medical Marijuana in the Workplace,
Supreme Court Building (1163 State Street) in Salem
If you are a cannabis patient who is employed this hearing is of interest to you.
In response to a court case, prohibitionist employers in Oregon are organizing to change the Oregon Medical
Marijuana Act (OMMA). They are arguing that any detectable level of THC in the blood renders an
employee unfit for employment - EVEN IF THE PATIENT IS USING CANNABIS LEGALLY.
The OMMA states that employers do not have to “accommodate the medical use of marijuana in the
workplace.” The test case, Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products will be heard by the Oregon Supreme
Court on November 7.
We think one positive impact patients can have at this, and at other similar events is to show up looking respectable, being
calm, but firmly and politely dispelling these and other myths about who patients are and how they act. The message
has to be that marijuana is medicine and that the law requires it be treated like other medications.
One event where this could happen is the oral argument before the Oregon Supreme Court in the Washburn
case. This hearing will begin at 8:45 on Monday, November 7th on the third floor of the
Supreme Court Building (1163 State Street) in Salem. Seating is limited, so get there early.
For more information you can contact Portland attorney and NORML Legal Committee member:
Leland R. Berger
3527 NE 15th Ave., #103
Phil Lebenbaum, who has been heroically litigating these (patients rights in the workplace) cases will be arguing for
Washburn. He will also be speaking at Oregon NORML's Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards
conference on November 26.
Regardless of the outcome of this case, it is apparent that the Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) will be strongly
pushing for legislation which allows registered patients to be fired from their jobs (AND DENIED
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS), even though they are engaging in legally protected behavior.
The Oregon Nurses Foundation, a division of the Oregon Nurses Association, is joining with Worksource Oregon
to present “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace.” This workshop is intended to assist employers in
understanding and responding to employees who are registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
IF YOU VALUE YOUR JOB, COME TO THE PHOENIX INN AND TELL EMPLOYERS THAT
CANNABIS-USING PATIENTS ARE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WHO DESERVE
PROTECTION AS DISABLED AMERICANS. TELL THE OREGON NURSES ASSOCIATION
THAT NURSES SHOULD BE ADVOCATING FOR
PATIENTS- NOT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THEM.
For more information visit: Rally_Emplees.html
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