Taking Issue With Medical Marijuana

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  Taking Issue With Medical Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on February 10, 2010 at 06:38:38 PT
By Ian Geronimo, News Reporter 
Source: Oregon Daily Emerald  

Oregon -- With November elections on the horizon, the debate over medical marijuana is getting contentious.On Tuesday evening at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Jerry Gjesvold, manager of Employer Services with Serenity Lane, hosted a forum, “Medical Marijuana and Drugs in the Workplace.” He acknowledged the issue’s timeliness, asking attendees to “let your thoughts and feelings about this issue be known to your legislators ... this is going to be a heated issue with the upcoming legislative session.”
Gjesvold specializes in policy related to substance abuse in business and industry and writes a monthly Register-Guard column on alcohol and drug-related topics. According to the Serenity Lane Web site, Gjesvold “weaves his own personal experience of addiction and recovery into his presentations.”Gjesvold held the forum in the face of several initiatives that would drastically change the current structure of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.Voter Power, the group that got a 1998 initiative onto the ballot that allowed the use of medical marijuana in Oregon, is now supporting a new cause. Initiative 28 would introduce a system of marijuana dispensaries throughout the state, making the medicinal marijuana more readily available to patients.Various interest groups are gathering signatures for other initiatives whose purposes range from the complete abolishment of OMMP, to the implementation of industrial hemp production and the legalization of cannabis sales in liquor stores to OMMP cardholders.Gjesvold, who thinks the program has been exploited, did not discount other aspects of the medical marijuana argument.“Certainly the medical marijuana program here in the state has posed some interesting challenges for both proponents and opponents,” he said. “I personally think marijuana has some medicinal value, and it probably does help some people. I have become a little more critical recently, with some folks taking advantage of the program.”His presentation raised concerns surrounding Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program, exemplified most by the legal conflicts between OMMP cardholders and some employers’ federal Drug Free Workplace Programs.Two court cases in Oregon, each involving an OMMP cardholder being terminated by her employer for testing positive in THC tests, may come to define the state’s position on OMMP patients’ rights in the workplace.In September, the Oregon Supreme court threw out one of the cases, positing the cardholder who was fired did not have a chronic medical condition and therefore didn’t have the right to sue. This left the state of the law on accommodating the use of medical marijuana at work in flux by not directly addressing the use of medical marijuana in the workplace. The courts heard arguments for the second of those cases in March 2009, but haven’t made a ruling.“Once that decision is made we’ll have greater clarity, hopefully, on what employers can and cannot do,” Gjesvold said.The public forum provided a platform for Eugene residents to express their opinions on the potential changes in medical marijuana law.At one point in the evening, two attendees argued vehemently, bringing the presentation to a standstill until a third attendee slammed on the table with his fists and whipped around in his chair.“I came here for information,” he yelled. “Let’s leave the legislation for the legislators!”Jennifer Alexander, an OMMP cardholder, said public awareness on the issue could make the difference when it comes to resolving the complicated policy debate.“I don’t think these things are out in the public enough because until I became a patient I wasn’t aware of a number of things going on with this, and then I became a patient and I’m like, ‘Oh, you guys have been doing what, for how long?’”Alan Ericson, another OMMP advocate, agreed.“Absolutely!” he said. “This issue hasn’t been publicly debated on any kind of level, other than locally, and it needs to be.”Source: Oregon Daily Emerald (U of Oregon, OR Edu)Author: Ian Geronimo, News ReporterPublished: Wednesday, February 10, 2010Copyright: 2010 Oregon Daily EmeraldContact: letters dailyemerald.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #7 posted by josephlacerenza on February 11, 2010 at 06:02:01 PT

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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on February 10, 2010 at 23:00:50 PT

US CO: Medical marijuana dispensaries could pay Denver $2.5 million for pot 
Webpage: 10 Feb 2010Source: Westword (CO) "We know we're on the right track if nobody's happy," says state representative Tom Massey of his medical marijuana proposal, and he's right about one thing: No one's happy.
Supporters of medical marijuana will be sharing their unhappiness at a Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the community room at the Peace in Medicine Center, 2042 Arapahoe Street in Denver.According to CMMR's Matt Brown, "We will be going through Representative Massey's new dispensary regulations bill, discussing the various legislative efforts being made to change portions of this bill and answering any questions you might have."In the meantime, Brown has a question of his own: What's happening with the money that Denver is collecting as dispensaries file for their licenses? "Now that the city is accepting applications (and fee payments), I'm hearing a lot of people asking about the fees and why we still haven't gotten much clarification on the total amount," he writes via e-mail. "At $5,000/application and 300 Denver licensees, it seems hard to believe the city would need $1.5M for those new expenses."Cont.-0-One of the comments after the article:This sounds pretty absurd. So it's the same amount that it costs to regulate liquor stores. But wait, hang on. You don't have to buy a $90 license every year to drink! You just have to turn 21 (sounds like a perfectly scientific and effective way to regulate who is mature enough to consume alcohol.) 300 of those medical licenses equals $27,000 a day and THEY STILL HAVE ONLY ONE PERSON PROCESSING ALL OF THEM. I'd like to know where all THAT money is going.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 10, 2010 at 22:43:33 PT

Cheebs1, thanks for the link.-0-Fresno Marijuana Dispensary Owner Arrested, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno medical marijuana dispensary owner who's been fighting the city to stay in business ... is in jail. Rick Morse had words with Police Chief Jerry Dyer during last week's city council meeting. A judge issued an order for Morse's arrest for violating a city ordinance that prohibits him from selling medical marijuana. Cont. -0-&&&-0-MedMar Owner Bails Out After Bizarre Court Appearance, Calif. (KFSN) -- The defiant operator of a Fresno Medical Marijuana Dispensary bailed of jail Wednesday. Rick Morse also made his first court appearance Wednesday morning, after getting arrested for ignoring a judge's order to shut down his business. The judge only allowed the media to take still photos of Wednesday's hearing. Morse operates MedMar in the Tower District. Cont. -Includes video.
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Comment #4 posted by Cheebs1 on February 10, 2010 at 20:41:26 PT:

More Info
I should have posted a bit more info about this video. This video shows a 5 hour scan using a dye marker to show where and how concentrated the cannabinoid receptors are in our brain. They are astonished to find out that they are by far the most prevalent sets of receptors in the brain. Hope you like it.Peace, Love, and Pot

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 10, 2010 at 17:14:59 PT

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Comment #2 posted by Cheebs1 on February 10, 2010 at 16:50:23 PT:

Interesting Video
Here is a snippet of an upcoming documentary. I found this very interesting and am eagerly anticipating it's release., Love, and Pot
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Comment #1 posted by keydet46 on February 10, 2010 at 14:48:52 PT:

The ADA nedds to get involved and sue the employers for discrimination.
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