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Hearing of interest to Working Registrants of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

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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
Phone: 503-287-4688
3527 NE 15th Ave., #103
Portland, 97212-2356
Fax: 503-287-6938
lelandberger@comcast.net

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.

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