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Mar 19,2009
Proposed bill would prohibit use of medical marijuana in workplace
by Bend Weekly News Sources

HB 3052 Clarifies State Medical Marijuana Laws

SALEM, Ore. — House Republican Leader Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) on Wednesday testified in support of HB 3052, a bipartisan bill he co-sponsored to promote drug-free workplaces in Oregon. If passed into law, HB 3052 would allow employers to prohibit the use of medical marijuana at Oregon work sites.

“Drug and alcohol abuse is the one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace, nationally and in Oregon,” said Rep. Hanna, a small business owner and employer. “Oregon’s drug test failure rate is 50 percent higher than the national rate, and a large majority of Oregon employers say that on-the-job substance abuse is a significant concern to their business.”

HB 3052 clarifies Oregon’s medical marijuana laws to enable employers and independent contractors to prohibit their employees from consuming or possessing marijuana during working hours. Further, the bill stipulates that state medical marijuana laws do not preclude or restrict an employer’s ability to establish or enforce policies to achieve or maintain a drug-free workplace.

“This legislation is needed to protect our state’s workers and consumers,” Rep. Hanna said. "Currently, employers have no way to measure impairment from medical marijuana, where unlike prescription drugs, quantities and dosage are unknown and no physician oversight exists after the medical marijuana card is issued.”

Rep. Hanna added, “With passage of HB 3052, employers will finally have the tool they need to maintain a safe workplace.”

HB 3052 was heard Wednesday in the House Business and Labor Committee.
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  • HB 3052 has nothing to do with California law SB 420. The reporting is unclear and misleading where it says, "HB 3052 clarifies Oregon's medical marijuana laws to enable employers and independent contractors to prohibit their employees from consuming or possessing marijuana during working hours. It is already completely clear that current law allows any employer to send someone home or fire them if they show up at work impaired. HB 3052 would allow employers to fire workers for using medical marijuana at home. HB 3052 is unfair. Call your legislator and tell them to reject this bill. Instead they should support HB 2818 which will treat medical marijuana like other medicines are treated. rancher
  • (Posted on March 22, 2009, 11:53 pm John Sajo)

  • I'm confused. I looked up HB3052 and it seems it the same as California's SB420 law to define state medical marijuana laws. This is not a new bill to descriminate against MMM users. Is this a case of bad reporting or am I missing something?
  • (Posted on March 20, 2009, 8:35 pm Lokes)

  • This is a bill looking for a problem. The OMMA already allows employers to keep medical cannabis off the jobsite. This is another attempt to discriminate against medical cannabis users by denying them their right to use medical cannabis away from the workplace. As far as cannabis affecting job safety, since the OMMA (Oregon Medical Marijuana Act) passed 10 years ago, on the job injuries and accidents have decreased each year, this according to state OHSA figures! Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that the use of medical cannabis by a worker somehow makes the jobsite less dangerous; what I AM saying is that medical cannabis by a worker (off the job) does not make the worker more dangerous or prone to accident. This bill is discriminatory based on the medicine an employee uses. You don't hear about employees being tested for OxyContin, Vicodan, Percoset, or other strong painkillers, and they are much more impairing than cannabis.
  • (Posted on March 19, 2009, 1:53 pm swooper420)

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