Oregon Supreme Court To Medi-Pot Patients: You Are Second Class Citizens!

[Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from this week’s forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s media advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for NORML’s free e-zine here.]

An employer may terminate an employee for his or her off-the-job marijuana use, even if the employee is authorized under state law to use cannabis medicinally, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week.

In a 5 to 2 decision, the Court determined that an employee who uses marijuana in accordance with state law is nonetheless “engaged in the illegal use of drugs” and may be fired for his or her off-the-job conduct.  Because marijuana remains classified as an illicit Schedule I drug under federal law and may not be legally ‘prescribed’ by a physician, the Court opined that employers should not be mandated to accommodate workers who engage in its use.

“[T]he Controlled Substances Act must authorize a licensed health care professional to prescribe or administer the controlled substance,” the majority determined.  “As noted, under the Controlled Substances Act, physicians may not prescribe Schedule I controlled substances for medical purposes.  … Because employee did not take marijuana under supervision of a licensed health care professional and because the authorization to use marijuana found in ORS 475.306(1) is unenforceable, it follows that employee was currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs and, as the commissioner found, employer discharged employee for that reason.”

Commenting on the Court’s decision, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “This ruling isn’t about workplace safety; it’s about the Court upholding discrimination – plain and simple. It is absurd for the majority of the Court to argue that medical marijuana patients are allowed certain protections under state law while simultaneously arguing that these same patients lack the legal right to earn a living.”

Despite the Court’s ruling, the majority stated that the federal Controlled Substances Act does not preempt provisions of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act that exempt patients’ possession, manufacture, or distribution of medical marijuana from state criminal liability.

Writing for the dissent, Justice Martha L. Walters opined: “I do not understand why, in our system of dual sovereigns, Oregon must fly only in federal formation and not, as Oregon’s motto provides, ‘with her own wings.’  Therefore, I cannot join in a decision by which we, as state court judges, enjoin the policies of our own state and preclude our legislature from making its own independent decisions about what conduct to criminalize.”

The Court’s decision overturned a previous decision from the Bureau of Labor and Industries ordering the employer to pay damages, and a Court of Appeals decision affirming that judgment.

In 2006, the Oregon Supreme Court similarly ruled (Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products, Inc.) that employers may fire workers for failing a company mandated drug test for marijuana, even if their use is authorized by state law.

In 2008, the California Supreme Court issued a similar decision (Ross v. Ragingwire Telecom), finding:  “California’s voters merely exempted medical users and their primary caregivers from criminal liability under two specifically designated state statutes. Nothing in the text or history of the Compassionate Use Act suggests the voters intended the measure to address the respective rights and obligations of employers and employees.”

Full text of the Oregon Supreme Court decision (Emerald Steel Fabricators Inc. v. Bureau of Labor and Industries) is available online at: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/S056265.htm.

60 thoughts

  1. I said it before & I’ll say it again. The only reason marijuana is still illegal is because it’s the last socially acceptable form of bigotry.

  2. We Now need to start hitting our Legislators Hard in Washington with the Re-Classification and Re-Legalization Issue at the Federal Level and leave it to the Individual States to regulate as “They” See Fit!

  3. its time to stand up and vote the bums (that refuse to rectify the past failed legislation or morality)out of office. weed legal for medical reasons, or good bye senator/congressmen. READ:white/grey hair bad, young daring opened minded good.

  4. We recently got in trouble with the law and i dont smoke or drink but my husband use to use due to the law in idaho i got introuble being at home when my husband assisted in a sale my husband got shot when he was younger he still has stmoach and back pain and still fragments of the bullet in his back so also other medical problems i belive that the court is making a bad judgement over him due druning this crime he was sober and trying to stay clean he is a good hard worker whom pays taxes and needs a second chance i beleive that the law in idaho is pretty unfair their are bigger fish like people whom kill or molest kids i beleive that if this is legal people whouldnt abuse it

  5. In a free country, the only rational criteria for evaluating an employee’s viability for retention would be sustained job perormance. Otherwise, all employee conduct or lack of conduct that did not degrade job performance below established production standards would be none of an employeer’s business, or the business of government at any level, or anyone else’s for that matter. Even then, it would be failure to meet job standards that would be at issue, not what employee choices may or may not have contributed to sub-standard performance. Of course, if an employeer were in fact a slave owner and the employee an unwilling or willing slave, it would be another matter, and there would be no facet of an employee’s life over which an employeer could not impose control. In a free country, if a worker is doing the job, leave them alone; if not, fire them.

  6. “California’s voters merely exempted medical users and their primary caregivers from criminal liability under two specifically designated state statutes. Nothing in the text or history of the Compassionate Use Act suggests the voters intended the measure to address the respective rights and obligations of employers and employees.”

    Why would anyone legalize a medicine that only the jobless are allowed to use? There is nothing in a healthy, rational brain that suggests people should be fired for using perscribed medicine.

  7. Justice Martha L. Walters has some balls but you wouldn’t think it with a last name like “Walters”. It appears that some of the court justices are positioning for a Federal job. This makes it a long road for MMJ patients until it’s legal for all.

  8. Fuck you Oregon. Smoking marijuana on or off the job should be compared as drinking on or off the job. But of coarse are jack ass government wont stop the prohibition. It’s time to end it. I am a medical marijuana patient who can’t obtain marijuana in my state because of federal and state law. Why can’t the government see that marijuana is pretty much just a substitute for alcohol and much safer at that. MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM ALCOHOL BUT NOT MARIJUANA. Support NORML

  9. Because marijuana remains classified as an illicit Schedule I drug under federal law This is entirely wrong, and COMPLETELY the reason why we are 50 INDIVIDUAL states, not one big state.

    Just as state troopers aren’t bound to enforce federal laws, state supreme courts should only enforce STATE laws, NOT federal.

  10. I am soooooo confused as a American citezen, answer me this, how can the U.S. govt recieve the patent to canibus as a medicine (I think 2003), and then have it as a schedule one drug……No medical bennifits……

  11. Federal law always preempts state law. This is the way our government is designed. The law has to be changed at the federal level. For the record, I’m doing everything I can.

  12. That sucks. It just shows that these justices are in it for the big compainies, ie employers, and don’t care about the rights of the people.

  13. If you could see me sitting here at my computer you would know I am slowly shaking my head in shame, confusion, disappointment, frustration, and shock.

  14. this is a nightmare.
    i understand from a distopian perspective why the judges employed the jurisprudence that they did.
    what i fail to understand is why, in the face of the congressional record, why would they make yet ANOTHER racist, bigoted and ignorant decision that unabashedly flies in the face of science, ration, logic and reason.
    this is a shamefully cowardly move on the part of the majority of the judges on the supreme court of oregon. like little worms they shrank back from the light of the glow of the constitution and the bill of rights, not to mention their own state constitution and the will of the people in their state.
    the drug laws are a crime against humanity.
    mind altering drugs are used by many many people in every civilization from time immortal. to deny this reality is sophomoric and unsophisticated.
    how can we allow, condone and promote in our society the use of the two most dangerous drugs known to man, alcohol and tobacco, yet at the same time outlaw other drugs that are far safer by any objective standard?
    it’s because it isnt a war on drugs, its a war on PEOPLE who use drugs. right now we carry and produce in our bodies THC, morphine and
    DMT, technically making all of us arrestable. the government wants to stigmatize, control and denigrate the counter culture and will spare no expense even though drug use is spread across all spectrums of age, race and income levels.

  15. Sad to hear that we are still walking in the old footsteps of our pass. We first discriminated against blacks, gays and now Marijuana users. We need to legalize it federal to put a end to all this madness.

  16. High Folks…having trouble understanding the constructive fraud spewed out from big pharma and agriculture. I suggest learning about “agenda 21” and “codex alimenterius” These people (hu-mans ???)…the white coats and the black robes along with all their minions in suits have a bleak future planned for us…chattel…slaves. Total control/domination backed by their scientific dictatorship. Ohhhh…and those bankster gangsters with their fake “money” funding/supporting it all. We sure have an uphill battle…as a researcher that I follow frequently says, “just another opposite day on demon planet”
    Peace, truth, and good will to all.

  17. Like i always said pedophiles get a ankle braclet an r monitored why not switch it around n throw the pedophiles in jail an KEEP the FUCKERS there quit letting them out to do it again an again then the last time they do it is allways BREAKING NEWS as to a poor little girl/boy missing then found dead because they r worried about a cannabis user just might of found a way to relax after work without the hangover

  18. Halls of Justice Painted Green
    Money Talking
    Power Wolves Beset Your Door
    Hear Them Stalking
    Soon You’ll Please Their Appetite
    They Devour
    Hammer of Justice Crushes You
    Overpower
    The Ultimate in Vanity
    Exploiting Their Supremacy
    I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
    I Can’t Believe
    I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
    Nothing Can Save You
    Justice Is Lost
    Justice Is Raped
    Justice Is Gone
    Pulling Your Strings
    Justice Is Done
    Seeking No Truth
    Winning Is All
    Find it So Grim
    So True
    So Real
    Apathy Their Stepping Stone
    So Unfeeling
    Hidden Deep Animosity
    So Deceiving
    Through Your Eyes Their Light Burns
    Hoping to Find
    Inquisition Sinking You
    With Prying Minds
    The Ultimate in Vanity
    Exploiting Their Supremacy
    I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
    I Can’t Believe
    I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
    Nothing Can Save You
    Justice Is Lost
    Justice Is Raped
    Justice Is Gone
    Pulling Your Strings
    Justice Is Done
    Seeking No Truth
    Winning Is All
    Find it So Grim
    So True
    So Real
    Lady Justice Has Been Raped
    Truth Assassin
    Rolls of Red Tape Seal Your Lips
    Now You’re Done in
    Their Money Tips Her Scales Again
    Make Your Deal
    Just What Is Truth? I Cannot Tell
    Cannot Feel
    The Ultimate in Vanity
    Exploiting Their Supremacy
    I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
    I Can’t Believe
    I Can’t Believe the Price We Pay
    Nothing Can Save Us
    Justice Is Lost
    Justice Is Raped
    Justice Is Gone
    Pulling Your Strings
    Justice Is Done
    Seeking No Truth
    Winning Is All
    Find it So Grim
    So True
    So Real
    Seeking No Truth
    Winning Is All
    Find it So Grim
    So True
    So Real

    Whos life is it any way?

  19. Sometimes I simply hate America=[. Btw Tyler, Do not blanket all Oregonians with the anti pot mentality. I am an Oregon resident who supports legalization and supports local growers ;]. I;m not partakeing atm becuse Im having my wisdom teeth removed friday and from what I heard marijuana and anistesia (however you spell it) do not mix well.

  20. I totally agree with Tyler Mendez. I too have 3 doctors willing to prescribe marijuana to treat my chronic back pain and severe sleep apnea but they can’t, under New York State law. It time to call Marijuana what it is: a plant. We grow it, not manufacture it (as in drugs). We consume the leaves for all sort of benefits, none harmful.
    If the media would report that so and so was arrested for growing or possessing plant fiber, not manufacturing drugs, the public’s perception might change.
    By the way, is growing or possessing Poison Ivy or Sumac illegal?

  21. Does this mean if a person takes one extra Tylenol-3 than is stated in the prescription,on their own time,they can be fired?After all,it would be illegal use of drugs.

  22. Anyone find it alarming, that 4 short years after the big alcohol “liquid drug dealers” stopped killing police and anti-alcohol advocates , marijuana became illegal?
    Has anyone ever seen Harry “The Anti-Christ” Anslinger drink any alcoholic beverages? I bet someone has. Which makes Harry a puppet for Big alcohol and a hypocrite , or just an idiot with a low IQ. Only a man that has taken a breath-test for alcohol and drug-screen ever day of his life should have the right to make such decisions. Which also should be law for all “high-level” government and military personnel . Alcohol was illegal for 13 short years.1920-1933. How many cops and civilians were killed in the name of liquid-idiot juice during that time? Marijuana has been illegal since 1937-2010.
    The peaceful nature of marijuana users has been proven time and time again. And the Idiotic child abusing/molesting nature of alcoholics has been proven for even longer. I have challenged many anti-marijuana/pro-alcohol drunks to a “battle of drugs”. Since his drug is legal it should be easy for someone to drink a half gallon of whiskey in an hour, then do yard work after. (Since so many alcoholics get to keep there jobs). But so far only one would take me up on it. And I would have 1 gram of marijuana, since the government says it is so dangerous I should have only had 1/2 a gram. He ended up on the ground, of course, and I got bored and finished his yard work!! True Story by the way.

    As far as these rally’s, tell the idiots in opposition tell them this for me. “Let him/her that has a lifetime of sobriety cast out the first stoner from society”.

    The only way marijuana will ever be legal in our lifetime is if we show all the broken alcohol bottles on our roads and parks. We have to get people to tell about there childhood growing up with drunk parents. And if alcohol becomes illegal again, oh well, it won`t be any different to marijuana smokers because we have been under this law for over 70 years. The law should be simple, ANY substance that alters your mood, including alcohol and prescription drugs should either be legal or illegal. No more drunk controlled laws. No more rich pill pushers/liquid drug dealers saying what`s best for our children and us.

  23. To #30 Theo:

    I also thought of Poison Ivy as a fun way to get our point across. Imagine poison ivy growing around every bar and prescription drug manufacturing plant, and places that make or sell these drugs. Around every government building where the puppets “work”. But I`m sure the alcohol/prescription drug companies would soon flick there puppet strings in Washington to outlaw that little game.

  24. Just woke up to this new bill that some of our congress critters want to force on us chattel/slaves…and in the name of our food safety ??? In the article pay attention to the UN treaty connection and the World Health Organization (the WHO…unknown to most is a private corporation) So, just how does the freeing of the Cannabis plant fit into these critters’ agendas ??? For me, it’s quite obvious…it doesn’t. I know this idea will be hard for some to grasp, but I believe there is a conscious effort, in the name of our health, to really keep us sick…in a slow profitable kill. Well… Just another opposite day on demon planet.

    “S 510 is hissing in the grass”

    (Food Freedom)

    By Steve Green April 27, 2010

    S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

    “If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

    It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.

    Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.
    History

    In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry. Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization “WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control. Monsanto promoted HACCP.

    In 2008, Hillary Clinton, urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president. Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller*, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto. Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.
    S 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human survival grounds.

    1. It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency. It resembles the Kissinger Plan.

    2. It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security. It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection. Instead, S 510 says:

    COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.

    Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party.

    3. It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.

    4. It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements. Its bizarre history and its expected impact in limiting access to adequate nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides, hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic food and health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins to survive, not just to treat illnesses.

    5. It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security. See Seeds – How to criminalize them, for more details.

    6. It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease. Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out to substitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold patents. Animal diseases can be falsely declared. S 510 includes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its corrupt involvement in the H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the corporations.

    7. It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsen food safety.

    8. It deconstructs what is left of the American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and puts them under the total control of multinational corporations influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer. The chance to rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected occupations would be eliminated.

    9. It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make food even more unsafe. The five items listed — the Five Pillars of Food Safety — are precisely the items in the food supply which are the primary source of its danger.

    10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied. It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review. It is (similar to C-6 in Canada) the end of Rule of Law in the US.

    For further information, watch these videos:

    Food Laws – Forcing people to globalize

    State Imposed Violence … to snatch resources of ordinary people

    Corporate Rule

    Reclaiming Economies

    Oak snake image at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Florida
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    April 27, 2010

  25. It’s a shame we live in such dark times where neanderthal politicians enforce legalized slavery on an entire nation by way of jail/prison time for anyone who chooses a safer alternative to alcohol or even coffee. What sad times we live in that we have yet to evolve past such atrocities. How sad is it that greed comes before good? Everyone knows that prohibition is wrong and here we are, decades later and we haven’t abolished it yet. When are we going to grow up? When are we going to stop enslaving the world in this most bogus scam ever created by man? When will we snap out of it?

  26. We need all urine tests to be corrected such that they show positive for alcohol use in ones system for up to a month after the person uses alcohol (even though the effects have worn off, sound familliar?). Then lets see the test results of all the people from that supreme court.

  27. To #17: you are absolutely wrong. Federal law only preempts state law in areas which were Constitutionally designated under federal or concurrent jurisdiction. The Constitution does not say that the federal gov’t may control the drug supply. The validity of our drug laws rests on the interstate commerce clause, which allows the federal gov’t to regulate interstate commerce, and the general welfare clause, a very vague clause allowing the gov’t to make laws in furtherance of the general welfare. Clearly, international and interstate drug markets would fall under the interstate commerce clause, and some form of gov’t regulation is better for the general welfare than unchecked cartel violence. However, state cannabis laws are capable of addressing these issues more efficiently than the federal government, while removing the cannabis market from legitimate federal jurisdiction.

    Every state medical cannabis law – and soon, hopefully, full regulatory frameworks – attempts to create a state contained market. If a state law can create a state contained market – the entire process from production to distribution and use is contained and regulated within the state, and conducted between consenting adult residents of that state – that market is not under legitimate federal jurisdiction. This particular line of legal reasoning has not been tested in cannabis cases yet, but is being pursued in several gun rights cases right now. There is some chance the courts could go with this line of reasoning, as they have allowed comprehensive state medical regulations to stand in the face of federal opposition.

  28. It was not unanimous. This is a huge indicator with a Supreme Court ruling. Also of note is that the cited causation for the ruling has little to do with a moral or pseudo-scientific support of cannabis being a problem for the employer. So not quite like previous decisions we’ve seen across the nation. A “better” sign of the court’s stance that has been occurring in many ways.

    Only problem I have here is that the states are supposed to have the right to challenge federal law and the Supreme Court’s decisions at the state level are supposed to favor state law (in most cases.)

    The corporate ideal is 110% every day and capturing your off time to ensure that 110% productivity. It’s a great concept full of profits, but it ensures the future demise of most employees and goes against the idea of creating lasting wellness. People living under these pressures are assured to burn out or find worse forms of escapism. We’ve all seen how fast food, part of the “got to get back to work” culture we live in, has had on people’s health. When I see a prohibitionist talk about the increase in youth and others walking around with glazed eyes and lackluster appearances, all I can equate it to is being overworked and underpaid. Not drug abuse for the most part. Besides, run an engine at 110% for too long and you have to buy a new one. Cheaper in the long run to maintain good machinery at subpar output than to go through constant re-acquisition and retro-fitting, no?

    (minor sarcasm)
    What I want to see is an argument that you can fire a parent of a new born child. Sleep deprivation and all the adjustments to their lifestyle that go with it lead to a decidedly dangerous situation for other employees. Their performance is typically subpar as well. Not to mention behavioral issues that mimic the meth addicted. This is an especially harmful situation where dangerous conditions exist or customer service is a focus. There are plenty of entitlement programs available to assist these people so they can “get back on their feet and join the working class again.”
    (end sarcasm)

    Residuals from using illegal intoxicants versus the residuals of so many other things in our lives are a strong basis of argument I would think. The lifestyle MMORPG gamers, the workout junkies, the TV crazed, the people working 3 jobs to make ends meet, the legally pharmaceutical users who “enhance” themselves, “after 5” alcoholics, etc all suffer from a residual effect that spills into their “productive hours” as well. People need to take more responsibility for themselves and their actions across the board before prohibition will ever make any sense. Human nature being what it is, this will never happen. People are not machines. Living life is more art than science.

  29. Also of note, claiming that Schedule I is major conflict, sends a clear message up the food chain that the AMA’s askance for reconsideration needs to be looked into. The decision can be used to push for that goal as a clear indicator of obvious confusion that it causes the state courts in making fair decisions. Plenty of lower schedule substances impact employers far greater than cannabis does on the whole. We just dont see people getting fired over it and most can claim discrimination as they are under doctor’s care.

  30. About 40 years ago, a “man” named Nixon shaped our workplace attitude.

    In Nixon’s paranoid presidential campaigns, “The “working man” was a focal point of his speeches (according to the Nixon tapes). He desired a “conservative bureaucracy”, like his Neo-Con followers do today.

    He told “his” public, “the working man”, that they must hate weed and other forms of “counterculture”. “The working man” was to be subservient, compliant, arrogant and ignorant. (perfect for administrative positions).

    Ahnold the hypocrite vetoed this bill in CA a couple years ago. I haven’t taken a drug test in 15 years, and I don’t plan to any time soon. Thanks Ahnold, keep paying me my crappy SSI check and I’ll keep on tokin’. Yeah I choose medical pot over work, but I already can’t work too many jobs being legally blind… props to my wife for being 100% supportive of my decisions.

    Anyways, back to Nixon… I was born AFTER this paranoid bigot resigned. I will never comply with his “vision” of America. It breaks my heart to see this country continue to carry the flame for this terrible President. Shame on you, Oregon “Nixon” Court.

    I wish more people out there would listen to the Nixon Tapes. As a country we need to wash our hands clean of this “man” and his influence. The CSA needs to be repeatedly attacked, but by the same “public” to which he lied for so many years.

  31. Totally outrageous considering that if one takes the man-made 100% THC pill marinol it will still show up in your urine.

  32. i think it’s time to say the hell with this backwords country. i agree through the law makers who are still back in the 1930’s. if the country needs money so bad, why not legalize pot? it’s getting a lot of b.s let the gangs keep on have the money and innocent people getting killed, because the goverment is to far behind times. (bumbs)

  33. Im still in awe how local business think it is their job to enforce federal laws by giving random drug tests. If suspected of being under the influence they need to give a test that only tells if you are on the drug. How do they have the right to tell you what to do in your off time?

  34. MY BODY MY CHOICE IF I CHOOSE TO SMOKE POT OR TAKE A PILL IT’S MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT THE WAR ON POT WILL FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. As far as this decision goes, it is simply the judges not wanting to step on the toes of the federal government. There are likely many jobs in Oregon that are either Federal or Federally contracted that must comply with Federal regulations. I know for a fact that all Federal and Federally Contracted employees must undergo drug screening. If Oregon tries to mandate that all employers allow exemptions for medical patients, then they would have to attempt stepping on the toes of companies that are affected by federal regulations.

  36. NO KIDDING! SECOND CLASS CITIZENS HUH! WELL! WE’RE GENESISTS…FREE AMERICAN GENESISTS WITH A VOTE.

    WHAT’S A GENESIST.
    Genesists are [more specifically] Edenists, and our Faith centers around “The origin of man…source of man” contained in Genesis I:1 through Genesis III:24. Genesists are monotheistic Genesists. Monotheistic Genesists hold to the belief in one God [one’s God, one’s religion, or one’s ism] with “specific faith” in Genesis I:29,30,31, the sixth day. The sixth day [is the day] our creator blessed and gave us, his creation, our Holy Sacrament. Genesists recieve God’s word [as written] and the gift of Holy Sacrament [with] thanksgiving, [in] CDXX Communion, and declare the sixth day “Thanksgiving Day.”

    THE OBJECTIVE STATEMENT OF THE GENESIST FAITH.
    It is with conviction; from the soul, with deep rooted
    belief, sted-fast faith, and certainty, that it is the noble and determined OBJECTIVE of the Genesist Faith to organize and unite its adherents throughout the world. The inspiration and incentive of our indivisable mindset and relentless agenda is, and will for-ever-more be, “THE CERTAINTY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.”

    Government cannot deny us our Faith, even if it disagrees with it. Government cannot deny us our Constitution, even if it denies us our rights. Let the facts be submitted to a candid world, and then call us second class citizens…if your ass can cash the check your mouth just wrote. Remeber this…”Each one of us second class citizens have one vote, which you are [not] going to get!

  37. This ruling should make it very evident that it is crucial to get the Scheduling of cannabis changed at the Federal level. If there is any compassion for medical cannabis patients,NORML’s efforts should be directed at making this change happen ASAP.

  38. The higher the THC content, the more you say…
    “Man that’s good shit!”…and…”This shit tastes like Ambrosia… Food of the God’s…Sacrament of man.”

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