Letter Of The Week

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From: "Richard Lake" <rlake@mapinc.org>
To: <dpfor@drugsense.org>; <mmjlist@cannabismd.org>
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 7:59 PM
Subject: [mmjlist] Web: Letter Of The Week

> Newshawk: Published Letters Awards http://www.mapinc.org/lteaward.htm
> Pubdate: Fri, 15 Feb 2008
> Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)
> Webpage: http://www.drugsense.org/current.htm
> Website: http://www.drugsense.org
> By John Sajo
> Your editorial calling on legislators to reject a reasonable compromise
> and pass a bill that would allow any employer to fire any medical
> marijuana patient is misguided.
> You cite the fact that 16,000 patients are registered in the medical
> marijuana program as evidence of abuse. Anti-marijuana forces hoped there
> would be few patients benefiting from medical marijuana because they don’t
> want to admit that marijuana has a positive side. The reality is that
> marijuana has proved to be a safer, more effective medicine than many
> pharmaceutical alternatives. That is why more than 2,600 Oregon doctors
> have recommended marijuana for their patients.
> Additionally, many carefully controlled scientific studies conducted since
> Oregon voters passed the medical marijuana law have confirmed what the
> doctors and patients know from experience. Marijuana is safe and effective
> for some patients when used properly. Marijuana relieves suffering.
> Your call to fire medical marijuana patients won’t make our workplaces
> safer. The business interests that want to fire patients have admitted
> that they can’t cite a single example of a workplace accident caused by a
> medical marijuana patient. Focusing on marijuana and ignoring the risks
> from workers who are impaired from alcohol, prescription drugs or just
> plain fatigue is whitewashing the real problem.
> What we really need in the workplace is impairment testing. This would
> help employers identify workers who are dangerous to themselves or others
> regardless of the reason.
> John Sajo
> Director, Voter Power
> Southeast Portland
> Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n128/a09.html
> Pubdate: Sun, 10 Feb 2008
> Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
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