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Oregon Supreme Court Medical Marijuana Ruling Proves States Rights Do Not ExistPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Not that you thought your vote mattered, but...
(SALEM, Ore.) - Business rights trump state law in Oregon. It isn't exactly earth shattering news, but for the record, Oregon has no guts when it comes to backing the wishes of the state's voters.
An Oregon Supreme Court decision issued Thursday effectively states that a person can be sick, use medical marijuana, and have no rights when they are fired at work through invasive urine testing, a favorite pastime of government officials, big scale corporate employers, and their minions in the 'piss test' business.
Might as well call it what it is.
It was decided in the case of Emerald Steel Fabricators Inc. v. Bureau of Labor and Industries- "that employers do not have to accommodate an employee's disability through the use of medical marijuana because the use of marijuana is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act."
The stuff is totally harmless, and the state of Oregon and people in over a dozen other states want to see it used by sick people; the government has zero integrity, it is a big silly joke; bound in interest to the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Their stupidity makes me want to reach for a bucket, I don't know about you.
The state Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a news release, "The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program has always been clear with cardholders that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act does not offer individuals any protection from federal law."
Yeah, thanks for caring about the wishes of the voters here. The Oregon Supreme Court doesn't have any consideration for this thing called state law and the notion of state's rights as outlined by this country's Founding Fathers, is utterly and totally being dismissed.
Big business, that is what matters to these judges. The people of Oregon have spoken, and they aren't listening. The worst part beyond the simple fact that drug testing is a massive violation of our personal rights, is that it spurred another industry that allows people to trick the tests. The kits cost thirty bucks and can be purchased at any head shop. Any person with half a brain can make their own.
Did you know that when it comes to hair testing for drugs, that black males will hold several times the amount of white drugs, for a longer period, than a blond female? I know, I had a friend in Las Vegas who learned the hard way. His misfortune led to my current understanding of this heinous practice.
Then there is the simple fact that marijuana, a complete and total pussycat in the world of intoxicants, remains in a person's system for thirty days or more, whereas methamphetamine is gone generally after three days or so.
All of the government's years of lying to kids, lying to everyone about the "danger of marijuana" created a system where families are split up, kids go into state custody with an inadequate foster care system likely placing them in homes where abuse takes place. Men and women who never broken a law in their lives are sent to prison for years and years for growing a simple plant that God placed on this earth for our use.
Marijuana laws are rooted in racism, and so is the practice of drug testing. No wonder people laugh at the laws regarding it and dismiss them as if they don't exist.
To clarify, if a person uses medical marijuana to treat an illness legally under state law, they can still be fired by an employer for using it, with no protection from Oregon, which issues the permit in the first place.
"This ruling only addresses employers and employees. According to the Oregon Department of Justice the ruling does not appear to affect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, which registers and issues medical marijuana cards to medical marijuana patients, caregivers and growers."
That was nice of them, I hadn't considered that this decision would undermine the entire program, apparently they felt they had to address it.
"The program will continue to register cardholders and issue medical marijuana cards. The confidentiality of medical marijuana users, caregivers and growers is still protected under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act."
Again, most of us didn't think that this case would somehow eliminate the right to privacy or violate medical confidentiality laws. Nice of them to clarify, I guess.
So yeah, don't think that you can believe in the garbage that you are taught in school. The good side of American politics is mostly fantasy anyway, this whole nation has gone to crap in the eyes of the world, and now Oregon is sure to side with the federal government, rather than considering the needs and wishes of the people. No, that would not fit their program at all.
Oregon lost a hero Thursday who would absolutely hate this news. Author and noted hemp activist Jack Herer, passed away at the age of 70 in Eugene. He had absolutely no use or tolerance for these government contradictions, always and forever bound to the wishes and needs of big business and nothing else at all, ever!
It is a fact that there is zero evidence of marijuana having any real ill effects, no recorded deaths in history, but the government only recently took it out of the category with heroin, meth and cocaine. People like Jack who also refused to accept the idea of taxing marijuana or seeing it go retail, are the stewards of common sense, co-existing with a government that is corrupt and dirty.
The government is full of mental midgets, sadly unable to do what is right, and they are leading us all toward a cliff. Activists commenting on our story about Jack's passing say it is time for the majority of people who use and support marijuana to come out of the closet and let his/her life and message matter. Time will tell if people in America have the guts to do something about it.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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