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Medical Marijuana Case Leaves Employees Without

April 17, 2010

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By Megan Taylor

SALEM, Ore — An Oregon Supreme Court ruling in the Emerald Steel Fabricators Inc. v. Bureau of Labor and Industries case leaves some employees without medicinal marijuana.

Due to the illegal status of the drug through the Federal Controlled Substances Act, the court ruled that employers are not required to accomodate employees using the drug. This ruling only applies to employees and workers and does not affect the Oregon Medical Program which registers and issues the prescription.

The Oregon Medical Program will be allowed to continue to register medicinal marijuana cardholders and maintain confidentiality for patients, caregivers, and growers. The program reminds cardholders that use of the program does not protect them from federal drug laws.

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