The Crumbling Infrastructure of Prohibition
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/05/2015 in Medical Marijuana Trends
As the institution known as Cannabis Prohibition crumbles into oblivion, the strings that held it together are snapping one by one. Today we talk about one industry that has banked billions of dollars by invading your privacy in the most intimate level all in the name of a ‘drug free society’.
We’re talking of course about the Drug Testing firms out there that love to handle all the urine in the world to weed out those pesky pot smokers toking up in the privacy of their own homes. Regardless whether these tests are actually an indication of impairment while working is irrelevant to these folks. All they want is to boost profits at any expense.
Most of these Tests are directed to cannabis users
The vast majority of these tests are really directed to catching marijuana users. This is because cannabis stays in the system of a user for a long time. Substances like Cocaine, amphetamines and opioids leave the user’s system at most within 72 hours. Cannabis on the other hand can remain in the system for up to 30 days and in some cases longer.
Thus, habitual cannabis smokers have a hard time maintaining a job where regular testing occurs. In turn, they usually get fired and the company that hired them are essentially void of any responsibilities to the fired employee.
Are these tests effective?
These tests show no indication to poor work performance. Most of the people who lose their job due to a failed drug test never showed incompetence in the workplace.
The theory of the drug testing firms is that drug users are likelier to miss work or to suffer in performance, yet there is no evidence to this claim.
A majority of cannabis users are responsible, hardworking people who simply choose a different method of relaxation at the end of the day. Having THC in your system doesn’t mean you are high. You could have smoked a joint the previous week and still test positive for cannabis.
To have this as the only reason to terminate employment is quite ludicrous. Alcohols can come in stumbling with the lingering evidence of a hard night out without the fear of termination, yet for some reason cannabis users are being discriminated against for essentially doing the same thing.
If someone is ripping bongs at work, fire them…but testing positive for marijuana is no reason for termination.
The Drug testing industry will be fighting legalization to the very end…they will lose of course…but the will fight nonetheless.