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Legislative items from year 2015 2015, Legislative items

   House Bill 2546 notes and information House Bill 2546 - Relating to inhalants; Defines (inhalant delivery system), Amends laws concerning sale of tobacco products to, and use of tobacco products by, minors so those laws equally apply to inhalant delivery systems.
   House Bill 2636 notes and information House Bill 2636 - Relating to medical marijuana registration, authorizing physician; Prohibits if physician has provided for 450 or more persons.
   House Bill 2668 notes and information House Bill 2668 - Relating to industrial hemp; Repeals statutes requiring industrial hemp growers and handlers to be licensed by State Department of Agriculture.
   House Bill 2754 notes and information House Bill 2754 - Relating to immunity for persons who seek medical assistance; Exempts person from arrest and prosecution for certain offenses and finding of violation of terms of release or supervision if person contacts emergency medical services or law enforcement agency to obtain necessary medical assistance for other person due to drug-related overdose.
   House Bill 2781 notes and information House Bill 2781 - Relating to prohibition against registry identification card holders at child care facilities; Prohibits Office of Child Care from certifying, registering, recording or providing state funds to child care facility when person with regular presence at facility possesses medical marijuana card.
   House Bill 2980 notes and information House Bill 2980 - Authorizes defendant to request district attorney to approve extension of marijuana possession diversion period.
   Senate Bill 320 notes and information Senate Bill 320 - Allows food establishment located within residential dwelling to produce limited amounts of certain foods for sale to public without being regulated by State Department of Agriculture.
   Senate Bill 364 notes and information Senate Bill 364 - Relating to the classification of marijuana offenses; Requires court to use current classification of marijuana offenses when determining if person is eligible for order setting aside conviction.
   Senate Bill 417 notes and information Senate Bill 417 - Relating to retail sale of products used to deliver substances into a person's respiratory system; Requires premises where person makes retail sales of tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems to be licensed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission, exempts medical and adult cannabis use.
   Senate Bill 445 notes and information Senate Bill 445 - Relating to disclosure of information to consumers of marijuana; info on harmful effects of marijuana on pregnant women and potential for marijuana to cause birth defects.
   Senate Bill 460 notes and information Senate Bill 460 - Relating to marijuana facilities and children; Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules providing for relocation of registered medical marijuana facility if school is established.
   Senate Bill 464 notes and information Senate Bill 464 - Relating to extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant; Requires specific registration and Authority to adopt rules regulating processing of cannabinoid extracts.
   Senate Bill 479 notes and information Senate Bill 479 - Relating to the clinical research of cannabis; Creates Task Force on Clinical Research of Cannabis and directs task force to study and report on development of medical cannabis industry that provides patients with medical products that meet individual patient needs.
   Senate Bill 480 notes and information Senate Bill 480 - Relating to the clinical research of cannabis; Establishes as semi-independent state agency Clinical Research of Cannabis Board, Directs board to promote use of cannabis as treatment for medical conditions, compile information on medical use of cannabis and identify and support organizations and entities that engage in clinical research of cannabis or that administer cannabis on basis of clinical research.
   Senate Bill 663 notes and information Senate Bill 663 - Requires premises where person makes retail sales of tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems to be licensed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
   Senate Bill 844 notes and information Senate Bill 844 - Relating to the clinical research of cannabis; Establishes as semi-independent state agency Clinical Research of Cannabis Board, Directs board to promote use of cannabis as treatment for medical conditions, compile information on medical use of cannabis and identify and support organizations and entities that engage in clinical research of cannabis or that administer cannabis on basis of clinical research.
   Senate Bill 964 notes and information Senate Bill 964 - Makes changes to Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, including limiting amount of plants that may be grown at addresses where marijuana grow sites are located and requiring registration of marijuana processing sites. Allows cities and counties to adopt ordinances prohibiting establishment of marijuana processing sites and medical marijuana dispensaries in jurisdiction of city or county.

Legislative items from year 2014 2014, Legislative items

   Senate Bill 1531 notes and information Senate Bill 1531, Medical - Specifies that governing body of city or county may prohibit the establishment or regulate or restrict the operation of medical marijuana facilities.
   Senate Bill 1556 notes and information Senate Bill 1556, Legalization - Declares that person 21 years of age or older legally should be able to possess, transfer or produce marijuana.


Legislative items from year 2013 2013, Legislative items

   Senate Bill 82 notes and information Senate Bill 82, to Remove 6-month Drivers License suspension for Cannabis (Marijuana) possession
   Senate Bill 281 notes and information Senate Bill 281, to add PTSD to the OMMP


Legislative items from year 2012 2012, Legislative items

   Legislative Concept 1749 notes and information Legislative Concept 1749, to add PTSD to the OMMP

   Attorney General Race  notes and information Attorney General Race, the Good and the Bad

   Initiative 9 -- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA)  notes and information Initiative 9 -- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA)

   Initiative 24 -- Oregon Marijuana Policy Intiative (OMPI) notes and information Initiative 24 -- Oregon Marijuana Policy Intiative (OMPI)


Legislative items from year 2011 2011, Legislative items

   House Bill 3664 notes and information HB 3664, the "Sum Of All Fears" bill
   Senate Bill 5529 notes and information SB 5529, Increases OMMP Fees


Legislative items from year 2010 2010, Legislative items

   Initiative 28 notes and information I-28, the Dispensary Initiative continues


Legislative items from year 2009 2009, Legislative items

   Initiative 28 notes and information I-28, the Dispensary Initiative
   Senate Bill 388 notes and information SB 388, changes the Program for Law Enforcement; Decreases amount of marijuana that may be possessed by persons responsible for marijuana grow sites to 24 ounces, etc.
   Senate Bill 426 notes and information SB 426, Expands ability of employer to prohibit use of medical marijuana in workplace
   Senate Bill 427 notes and information SB 427, Relates to drug-free workplace policies; Requires applicant for medical marijuana registry identification card to notify employer before using marijuana, etc.
   House Bill 2313 notes and information HB 2313, a Land Use bill that could effect Dispensarys
   House Bill 2497 notes and information HB 2497, Relating to employment; Expands ability of employer to prohibit use of medical marijuana in workplace
   House Bill 2503 notes and information HB 2503, Relating to medical marijuana in the workplace; Prohibits discrimination in employment under certain circumstances, etc.


Legislative items from year 2007 2007, Legislative items

   House Bill 465 notes and information SB465, a Fire-em-All-and-let-God-sort-out bill


Legislative items from year 2005 2005, Legislative items

   House Bill 1085 notes and information SB1085, needs your attention
   Senate Bill 2693 notes and information HB2693, the "dumb bill gone bad" bill
   Senate Bill 3457 notes and information HB3457, the "Forfeiture" bill
   House Bill 717 notes and information SB717, the anti-Medical Marijuana bill
   House Bill 772 notes and information SB772, the pro-Medical Marijuana bill
   House Bill 2485 notes and information HB2485, the anti-Meth & Marijuana bill
   Senate Bill 294 notes and information SB294, the Hemp bill
   Senate Bill 397 notes and information SB397, Denies Benefits
   Senate Bill 2695 notes and information HB2695, DUI & 2nd-Hand Smoke
   House Bill 717 notes and information HB5077, the "Rob the Sick and Dying Pot-heads" bill

Legislative items from year 2003 2003, Legislative items

   House Bill 2939 notes and information HB2939, a previous bad Medical Marijuana bill

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SUMMARY: House Bill 2497, Sponsored by Representative SCHAUFLER -- Relating to employment. Expands ability of employer to prohibit use of medical marijuana in workplace.

STATUS:

01/29 (H) First reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.

02/04 (H) Referred to Business and Labor.


Here is a link to HB 2497:   http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/hb2400.dir/hb2497 .intro.pdf


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Good to see what our Reps are thinking so I thought I would pass on a reply I received from Rep. Dembrow:

Scott-

Thanks for the email. Rep. Dembrow is opposing HB2497, and supporting the rights of Medical Marijuana patients to work. He has not yet decided whether to support Rep. Buckley's bill (HB2503), but I will pass your thoughts along to him as he considers it.

Cheers,

Logan Gilles
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Rep. Michael Dembrow (HD45)

If you would like to email him also: Dembrow.Rep@state.or.us

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CANNABIS AT WORK? RESIDENT, AGENCIES CITE PROS AND CONS

For Coos Bay resident Jude Isaacson, obtaining a medical marijuana card was a dramatic turning point in her life.

Isaacson had back surgery in 2000, and consequently developed a severe staff infection in her spine. As a result, Isaacson now has neurological damage, and in medical marijuana, said she has found a way to cope with each day.

"Two years ago, I was mostly in a wheelchair, had no energy and was very depressed. Not anymore," Isaacson said.

Isaacson also suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder she believes is the result of working 16 years as a 911 Dispatcher for the Coos Bay Police Department. She bowed out from her position, unable to take any more of the drama that clouded each day on the job.

"Cannabis has brought me back. I can focus now," she said.

She is one of the 755 Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients in Coos County and is concerned about an effort to curtail medical marijuana rights. A business lobbying group is pushing a bill in the Oregon Legislature ( Senate Bill 2497 ) to exempt employers from having to accommodate medical marijuana patients.

Plainly put, if an employee, who is legally authorized to medicate himself with marijuana, tests positive, it would be grounds for termination.

Advocates for The Drugfree Workplace Legislative Work Group are also working to banish some conditions that qualify patients, restrict approval of new conditions and require employers notification when a worker applies for a marijuana card.

Opposition

J.L. Wilson, vice president of government affairs for Associated Oregon Industries, sees medical marijuana as a liability for employers.

"Cardholders bring up a whole host of issues. None of which are good for business," he said.

Wilson says that AOI has a council of about 30 companies, and many employers have horror stories about employing medical marijuana users and impairment on the job.

"In Oregon, employers are forced to accommodate something that's federally illegal," Wilson says. "It's a tough situation."

Mimi Bushman, director of WorkDrugFree Oregon, said drugs are a tremendous social problem.

"It's not just about safety. It's a productivity issue," Bushman said. " Six billion dollars is the annual cost to Oregon for substance abuse. Four billion of those dollars is just in lost productivity. If you think about it, that's what we're paying for the entire kindergarten through twelfth grade education system in the state."

Wayne Haythorn, associate of Mother Against Misuse and Abuse, contends all of the changes the group is proposing are designed to stir up fear, cripple the program and punish patients.

"I do not believe this bill is going to pass. It failed last time and it will fail again," Haythorn said.

Bushman said Oregon is ranked higher than most states in indicators of substance abuse in the nation for workers. She said when her organization held forums around the state, most employers showed sympathy about patients needing pain relief, but ultimately, they were concerned about compassion conflicting with their employee drug policies.

Statistics

The Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration statistics seem to conflict, too. The administration's findings show a decrease in workplace accident rates every year since the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program went into effect. From 2000-06, the leading cause of workplace fatalities was heart attack and cardiac arrest. OR-OSHA's list does not reflect any findings of workplace fatalities due to impairment.

Health care providers can find it tough to straddle the line between the law and providing the relief patients need. Dr. Michelle Petrofes of Dunes Family Medical Clinic in Reedsport treats six medical marijuana patients now through strict criteria. She said she has to have an active care relationship with patients and that they have to have tried every other medication available first.

"I don't just sign forms. It's not my first line of treatment by any means," Petrofes said. "Some patients I took care of between 15 and 20 years before I would sign their cards for them."

Dr. Daniel Rusu, physical medicine and pain management expert at North Bend Medical Center, said a huge population of his patients request to be prescribed medical marijuana, but most don't qualify.

Still, "more than 70 percent of my patients test positive for marijuana. Most of them don't have cards," he said.

Rusu believes the battle over marijuana will continue, whether for medical or recreational purposes.

"There's a contradiction between the Drug Enforcement Agency and Oregon law right now," he said. "I do respect the law, so I advocate for it if patients have tried other medications that haven't worked for them."

Details

What: The Drugfree Workplace Legislative group is pushing for House Bill 2497 to pass. It would clarify that employers are not required to accommodate medical marijuana in the workplace under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

The program: Allows more than 3,000 Oregon doctors to approve prescriptions for cardholders aiming to alleviate chronic pain.

Statistically: Voters approved the Medical Marijuana Program in 1998. There are 20,000 cardholders in the state, with more than 750 in Coos County, 295 in Curry County and 1,258 in Douglas County.

Source= http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n174/a02.html?397 LINKs:
Oregon OSHA - http://www.cbs.state.or.us/osha
Associate Oregon Industries - http://www.aoi.org
Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse - http://www.mamas.org
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Author: Sara Davenport
Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 2009
Source: World, The (Coos Bay, OR)
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: http://mapinc.org/topic/Oregon+Medical+Marijuana+Program


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Tuesday, February 17 at 09:06 PM:
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The legislature should reject this bill that discriminates against workers who happen to benefit from using marijuana under their doctor's care. If employers are concerned about workplace safety they should adopt impairment testing that will identify dangerous workers regardless of why they are impaired and dangerous.

The doctors cited in the article are too conservative in only trying medical marijuana after their patients have tried all the other options. Most of the pharmaceutical alternatives to marijuana are far more impairing and dangerous to the patients (and to fellow employees).

3000 Oregon doctors have qualified their patients for marijuana. There is no evidence of medical marijuana causing workplace accidents. Marijuana is a safe effective medicine when used appropriately. Our society can't afford the witch hunt against it any longer.

John Sajo "

Monday, February 16 at 06:49 AM:
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From: Rep Buckley
To: Laird
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 12:19 PM
Subject: RE: hb 2497 and 2503, and etc.

Laird--

The Speaker and the Senate President have agreed that a compromise on the MM in the Workplace issue has to be worked out, and they have asked for a Senate/House workgroup to take it on and come back with a compromise propsosal by the end of April. This is very good news, in my view, since something along the lines of what I've been proposing seems to be the likely outcome (something like the "safety sensitive positions" approach). In addition, the Oregon Business Association has offered to help broker a compromise if needed, and they seem to actually "get" the issue--that treating medical marijuana differently from other medications is clearly not the intent of the voters as well as being simply unfair, and that pontential safety issues are reasonable to address but need to be addressed in a reasonable way.

I won't be part of the work group given the time required by the Ways & Means work, but Rep. Michael Dembrow, a long time union rep and community college instructor from Portland, is stepping in for me. He'll keep me posted and I'll keep you posted.

And I do hope that SB 338 can be made workable....

Thanks & Onward, PB"

Wednesday, February 11 at 08:29 AM:
me from here wrote:
"Rep. Schlauffer dropped HB 2497, the evil spawn of SB465 today (1/30/2009). Rep. Buckley dropped HB2503, a compromise response, prohibiting workplace discrimination, except in 'safety sensitive' positions.

Links to text below.

Lee B.

http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/hb2400.dir/hb2497.intro.pdf http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/hb2500.dir/hb2503.intro.pdf "

Wednesday, February 11 at 08:28 AM:
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"Hi all-- Remember to tell our legislators that Mr. Harmon believes that OMMA is a sign of Oregon's "permissiveness", a permissiveness which must be rolled back. And further, he admits to this drive for "fire'em all!" legislation to be a "moral crusade". And lastly point out that the workplace accident rate has declined annually since the passage of OMMA. "

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