URGENT!! ATTENTION MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM PATIENTS -
DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO USE CANNABIS WITHOUT GETTING FIRED FROM YOUR JOB!!
Tue., Nov. 15, 8am to 11:30 a.m.
, Medical Marijuana in the Workplace,
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE WORK PLACE PROTEST
Albany Phoenix Inn 3410 Spicer Road SE, Albany, Oregon
(Next to I--5, exit 233)
Tuesday November 15, 2005, 8 AM--11:30 AM
MEET at 8AM, CONFERENCE 9am -11:30am
WHAT: Rally to support employed cardholding patients (and educate employers) at
Conference held by professional prohibitionists.
HOW: CALL 541-758-2642 To register for the "workshop"
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-then- contact Rally Organizer Nurse Ed at (541-745-3082,
or eMail to email@example.com)
to coordinate further.(!)
There is a public sidewalk in front of the Phoenix Inn.
By law, protesters are required to stay on it, off of private property.
We will try to meet at the Phoenix Inn cafeteria in the main lobby at 8am,
however we may be asked to leave. Please don't bring signs, etc.
into the phoenix inn so that we may be able to have an organizational meeting.
At this time, it appears the workshop organizers are not anticipating much of a protest, if any ...
Depending on the number of protesters, one group can walk the sidewalk,
while others, who have pre-registered, can hopefully join the workshop.
This is expected to be a completely legal event, everyone should please remain
dignified in conduct - of course we are free to express our opinions, as I will do inside and/or outside.
I will notify media Monday.
State police office is next door so expect police to be present.
I spoke with Albany police - vaguely, about protesting.
We are protected by "King George's" constitutional protections on
free speech as long as we do not block anyone, or create a nuisance.
I have 10 small signs and will bring 5 or 6 larger signs.
Wear warm clothes and anticipate rain. Please call me for more
specifics if needed (541) 745-3082
If you are a cannabis patient who is employed this seminar is for you.
Please PRINT and POST our Flyers EVERYWHERE! See below.
Blessings to everyone!
SHOULD CARDHOLDING PATIENTS BE FIRED?
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.
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 please call Nurse Ed (541-745-3082)
! Flyers ! PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THESE FLYERS IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.
Click here for Web (htm),
here for WORD (doc),
here for Adobe (PDF).
In the NEWs
“Employers face issue of medical marijuana” By Alex Paul for the Albany Democrat-Herald
The number of Oregonians carrying a medical marijuana card is growing each year and more than ever, employers are finding
themselves walking a fine line between their companies' drug use policies and Oregon law.
Oregon employers and medical marijuana card holders await a November Court of Appeals decision about whether
companies must accommodate employees with marijuana in their systems. The decision stems from a lawsuit brought
by a former employee of Columbia Forest Products in Klamath Falls.
The employee had obtained a medical marijuana card in 1999 and was later fired after a urine test indicated the presence of
THC, the active chemical in marijuana. The lawsuit contends a positive drug test based on a urine sample doesn't
prove the employee used or had marijuana at the workplace. A blood test is a more accurate measuring
tool. Another factor being considered is what constitutes 'reasonable accommodations.'
On Nov. 15, mid-valley employers can learn more about the issue during a free workshop, Medical Marijuana in the
Workplace, to be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Inn, 3410 Spicer Road S.E.
"This has been building for the last couple years," said Jerry Gjesvold, employer services manager for Eugene-based Serenity
Lane Treatment Center, and a workshop speaker. "The number of medical marijuana cards in Oregon is now up to
more than 11,000. In the past, it was mostly people who weren't working, or were working on a limited
basis. That's changing every day."
At least 20 employers with whom Gjesvold works have had employees test positive for marijuana and then presented a
medical marijuana card.
"Without a written policy, employers can't just fire them," Gjesvold said. "Employees have an obligation to notify their
employers about this. Perhaps, the employer can provide someone who has a card with a job that doesn’t put
employees, or the employer, at risk."
“This is not a federal issue, it's a state issue," Gjesvold said. "There is no known science-based information on the
affect of THC ... when it's in a person's urine. An employer has to be able to prove impairment on the part of the
employee and that's not easy."
Gjesvold said he is encouraging employers at least to put some plan of action into their employee handbook. If there is
nothing written down, benefit of the doubt will almost certainly lean toward the employee, Gjesvold said.
"When this law was first considered, no one expected more than 11,000 cards to be issued," Gjesvold said.
Workshop speakers in addition to Gjesvold will be Paula Barran, an attorney and fellow in the College of Labor and
Employment Lawyers, who will address how legal issues affect company substance-abuse policies; and Rick Howell,
Columbia Forest Products, director of organizational development and human resources, who will talk about the
Portland-based company's experience with medical marijuana in the workplace.
The workshop is sponsored by WorkSource Oregon, the Region 4 Workforce Investment Board and
Workdrugfree. To register, call 758-2642, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By the numbers
Oregonians who hold medical marijuana cards: 11,100;
For example - Linn County, 281; Benton County, 131; Marion County, 467; Lane County, 1,442
Caregivers holding cards for patients: 5,406.
Pending applications as of July 1: 663.
Oregon-licensed physicians who have signed card applications: 1,946.
NOTE: Paula Barran is an employers attorney who, some time back (2 or 3 years ago) wrote a piece for the civil rights
section of the Oregon State bar discussing employers' rights in states that have medical marijuana laws. Suffice it to
say, she is not our friend.
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 other 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.
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.
Rally Bulletin Board
Make a comment, ask a question,
see below for examples.
NOTE: Edit yourself before clicking on the [Leave Your Comments] tab, what you type is
what you get!
Tuesday, December 13 at 11:10 AM:|
a friend from around wrote:
"Albany paper's coverage
Businesses face ‘gray area’
in pot law
Wednesday, November 9 at 11:22 AM:
Ed Glick from Contigo-Conmigo, Corvallis wrote:
"We'll meet early- probably at
0730 in the Breakfast Buffet
area of the Phoenix INN, plan
our strategy then go frrom
there. I am wondering if
there will be an inside group
and an outside group- one
group to attend the
conference and another to
stand outside. It's a hard
I will also call Albany City
and see what the rules are
regarding groups of people
congregating in public
See you all there!