Your medical records are not likely something you share, even with those closest to you. What’s included in those records is your business and yours alone. But the state of Oregon was recently compelled to hand over an “untold number” of medical records to federal agents, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, all in an effort to continue the federal government’s war on marijuana. [Read more…]
The DEA Wants to Access Your Prescription Drug Records Without a Warrant
The Drug Enforcement Administration is the long arm of the failed drug war. And by any means necessary, in the federal government’s collective mind, the drug war must go on. One way the government gains support for the war on drugs is with fear tactics. The latest scare—prescription drug addiction. [Read more…]
Marijuana Legalization Defeated in Oregon
As Washington and Colorado celebrate a victory in the war against the War on Drugs, the marijuana legalization effort in Oregon fell short of their goal, with a little more than half of the voters speaking out against Measure 80. The defeat is crushing to those who recognize marijuana as a harmless (and even helpful) plant, and the governments war against it a futile battle that achieves nothing but wasted money and the criminalization of everyday people. [Read more…]
Will Oregon Get Marijuana Dispensaries?
This November while California is voting whether or not to make marijuana legal, Oregon will be voting on dispensaries. A few years behind California’s influx of weed stores, Oregon’s Measure 74 will finally allow those authorized to possess medical marijuana to purchase it. [Read more…]
DUI, Medical Marijuana Laws Qualify for November Vote
Oregon voters will potentially be making some law changes this fall. As the Statesman Journal reports, several initiatives have qualified for the ballot, leaving voters in charge of some critical changes to DUI law and medical marijuana issues. Over 80,000 signatures were received by the Secretary of State Kate Brown, qualifying these issues for the ballot. [Read more…]
Oregon Meth Crimes Down But Supply Up?
An editorial in the Oregonian this week sums up a conundrum around the country. Despite crimes relating to meth being down overall, a national report not yet released seems to state that the supply of the drug is actually increasing due to new Mexican manufacturing. [Read more…]
Pro-Pot Petition Circulating Oregon
California isn’t the only state hoping to legalize marijuana use this year. Although there is a long way to go before the measure can be voted on, marijuana legalization supporters are working to get an initiative on the ballot in Oregon this November as well. [Read more…]
Oregon Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Fire Medical Marijuana Users
Although state law in Oregon now allows for the use of marijuana, when approved by a physician, in many medical conditions, the state’s high court ruled last week that employers do not have to cater to those people with medical marijuana authorization if their use violates a workplace policy.
The ruling overturns a decision by the Bureau of Labor and Industries and a following affirmation by the Oregon Court of Appeals. What affect this has on employees and states across the country remains to be seen. [Read more…]
Oregon’s Sudafed/Meth-Prevention Laws Get National Attention
In 2005, Oregon became the first state in the country to require a doctor’s prescription for allergy and cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine. At the time it was seen as an extreme measure. Now, states are admitting the law has worked but are feeling the push from pharmaceutical giants to keep the cold medicines non-prescription. [Read more…]