According to the latest Oregon Occupational Injury and Illness Survey, “Oregon workers employed in the private sector during calendar year 2007 suffered work-related injuries and illnesses at a rate of 5.1 for every 100 full-time employees, the lowest ever recorded.” This new achievement in workplace safety is achieved in the same year as the tenth anniversary of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and surpassing 20,000 registry identification cardholders.
Opponents of medical marijuana patients in the workplace claim that these employees may create a safety issue in the workplace. However, statistics gathered from Oregon’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration show that over the past decade as enrollment in the medical program has grown to over 20,000 patients, the rates of workplace fatalities, injuries, and illness have all declined to the lowest levels ever recorded.
Oregon NORML is leading the battle to protect Oregonian’s medical marijuana and workplace rights. Nobody should be forced to choose between their job and their health care, and no employer should come between a doctor and a patient. Learn about the bills proposed in the Legislature that threaten medical marijuana patients’ workplace rights.