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Re: “Testing the State

Union President Andrew Hanhardt calls this proposal "ludicrous," but then misses why when he says, "Nobody wants to work around anybody who is stoned or drunk." Likewise, author Shea Andersen misses the elephant in the living room when she repeatedly refers to this "controversial" issue, but never mentions the greatest point of controversy. Governor Risch raises all this avoidence to outright deception when he says the purpose is to create a "drug-free workplace." What is the central point that all three people so studiously avoid? It is that drug tests are primarily tests to reveal PAST marijuana consumption. This is so, because they DO NOT measure current intoxication. They detect trace metabolites that remain in the body for up to A MONTH. So, any other drug user can use his or her drug of choice - including alcohol, on Friday night and test clean on Monday. This is just one more nasty sign of what a horribly destructive and fraudulent con game marijuana prohibition is. Many people around the country are now realizing the truth that marijuana is the least harmful recreational drug - much less harmful than even alcohol. Whole cities (Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and several others) have acted upon this truth and made marijuana enforcement the LOWEST priority for police. That means things like jaywalking come first. So, this proposed policy, is indeed, ludicrous. But only because there never was a good reason for marijuana prohibition. See: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm At the very least, no drug testing policy should ever be implemented until they can devise one that tests for CURRENT marijuana intoxication. Not a few puffs someone had at a party two weeks ago! To say this proposal is to create a "drug-free workplace" is simply a bald-faced lie. It is just another form of "legalized" bigotry to persecute innocent citizens.

Posted by John Thomas on 11/26/2006 at 1:27 PM

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