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Oregon Supreme Court Allows Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients

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On Thursday the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a ruling that allowed employers to terminate employees for participating in the state approved medical marijuana program. As an Oregon resident and well as someone who is weeks away from getting my medical card, I am very discouraged. Even if I can get a medical marijuana card, I will still have to worry about passing a drug test for my employer. This is blatant discrimination as the privacy of every other medical treatment is protected by the federal law.

It may not be that hard to pass a pre-employee drug test that you have time to prepare but it’s when you get injured on the job you most vulnerable. Basically if you get hurt on the job, it is common practice to get sent down to a clinic to get your injury checked out and take a drug screening. If you ask your boss why they require a drug test if you get hurt, they will usually say it’s to make sure you were not intoxicated on the job. This is not true. This is done primarily to get a discount on your workers comp rates. The workers compensation (insurance company) in an effort to avoid treatment will do what they can to avoid having to cover the cost of the treatment. So basically you get terminated for marijuana use, even if you smoke legally and you pay for any additional medical treatment.

Arizona has a bill headed for the ballot this November to make this practice illegal and Oregon needs to follow suit. With he rising popularity of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, this is going to become a more pressing issue. Let’s just hope something gets done before another honest, hard-working person loses their job!

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  1. malcolm kyle on

    Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean of incompetence, corruption and human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless.

    Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us.

    Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation.

    By its very nature, prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

    Many of us have now, finally, wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco, clearly two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant and irrational minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.

    There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. If you are not capable of understanding this connection then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody ‘halfway bright’, and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, diminution of rights and liberties, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer, only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you still support the kool aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

    “A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation while turning even our schools and prisons into black markets for drugs. Regulation would mean the opposite!

  2. Please note that self injurious behavior among autistic populations who are non verbal is rooted in multiple antecedents that fluctuate daily and are rooted in autistic disorder. Primarily the inability to communicate and cognitive impairments in autistic population. This is very complex. However, there are similarities among self injurious person in general. For instance, the frustration of being held captive to what is often a behavior that has evolved into a compuslive behavior. A behavior that is triggered by a plethora of antecedents, due to autistic person’s inability to respond to conventional methods used in non autistic populations to thwart or otherwise reduce the tendencies to self abuse. Marijuana advocates don’t seem to understand the complexities involved in dealing with autistic who present with chronic intraccable SIB. If they want to be taken seriously, they need to do their research. They need to explain WHY marijuana would HELP autistic who self abuse. What does marijuana DO to brain that would help? Does it elevate dopamine? Or other neurotransmitters that would reduce tendency to self abuse? What are adverse reactions? What about autistics with seizure issues? Or who have complex issues? You can’t just take one or two examples of people who CLAIM dope helped their autistic kid without examining WHY or HOW this worked?
    see kgaccount on you tube for better understanding of how complex treatment is with autistic population who self abuse
    All this talk about how great weed is for everything illness and disorder isn’t wise in the absence of EVIDENCE of WHY or HOW medical marijuana would acutally benefit self abusing autistics.

  3. Medical marijuana certainly wouldn’t damage an autistic person like we see from HALDOL on the you tube. See the video “Autistic Adult in Crisis Goes Unnoticed” This is a perfect example of how all these idiots who oppose medical marijuana can eat shit as they see this poor autistic adult suffering from a dangerous side effect of an “approved” pharmacological intervention often used to treat severe behaviors in autistic population.

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