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  •  My father (12+ / 0-)

    was the CEO of a major company when drug testing first started in the 80s.

    When arguing with me about the validity of such a program for his company, he said that it was perfectly moral because he had directed that all of the executives be tested before the employees to show that they believed in testing for everyone, not just the hourly workers.

    But then came the good part.

    He regaled us with a story about one of the top execs that came up "dirty" in the testing, and was subsequently fired.  "We would have never known that he was using drugs if it weren't for the fact that he had been tested!  He was a good friend, and a great CFO, but we just had to let him go.", he told me.

    My reply?  "Well, if you would have never known, and it obviously did not affect his job performance, or his interactions with others, it seems a shame to fire someone just based on the content of his urine rather than the content of his character.

    But, to him, drug use, in his own words was, "Equal to murder."

    The writing is on the wall - marijuana will become legal, not just in this country, but across the globe.  When?  Who knows.  But, until we get the easy money out of the drug war, whether it is for policing and seizures, the prison industrial complex, or the drug testing companies, and sever the connections between lawmakers and the people making money from other people's miseries, this fruitless war will continue.

    As Jimmy Carter said, and I paraphrase, "When the penalties for using drugs outweigh the actual harm from using drugs, it is time to rethink our priorities."

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:15:18 AM PDT

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