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Arkansas legislature proposes drug testing for welfare | The NORML Stash Blog

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9 responses to “Arkansas legislature proposes drug testing for welfare”

  1. Jeanette

    sadly there isnt a good solution to this. for every hard working parents who smokes a little pot u have a parent who smokes a little crack. the only person who loses out are the children. you drug test a parent who just cant seem to stay sober and you end up with a child who goes hungry or ends up in the system. either way its hell for them. it would be great to think that drug testing recipients of welfare would be effective-but i doubt it. i live in rural arkansas and there our many people who trade food stamps for cash to get drugs or straight across for drugs. these are not people who are struggling to get thru school raise their children work and on occasion smoke some pot. they are not concerned with the welfare of their babies-so losing their food stamps or whatever isnt going to stop them. drug testing welfare recipients will only result in a harder life for the children stuck in this situation.

  2. adam

    forgot to Check the “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail ” box sorry!

  3. adam

    This person will not reply, this is just the kind of ingnorance we are fighting.

    With that said what do you think it would take to change Keiths mind? What tacticts might start his mind churning? These are the kinds of questions we need answered. We do well to reach those sympathetic to our cause, but to reach those who oppose us we must completly change the way we think.
    We need a good place to have these conversations,
    I encourage NORML to look into the idea. I appreciate this comment area, but it is hard to have a real exchange of ideas. Does anyone else have any ideas?

  4. Patrick D

    Awesome reply Russ, I completely agree with each rebuttal.

  5. Keith F

    You have a very interesting perspective on MJ. I did mj in the early 80″s but have grown out of it and or become responsible. You know I think its funny that your argument is that drug testing is a bad thing because people get caught. Dah! that’s the point. If the user cannot clean up and their children are not important enough to inspire them to quit, then yes the kids should be removed. I am personally helping a child who has fallen victim to that situation. It’s difficult to help the child understand why “mommy” doesn’t love them enough to quit. I would be interested to hear your view point on drug testing to go to work somewhere. I have to pass a drug test to pay taxes, so I feel that it’s fair to have someone else who needs assistance to have to pass the test to receive FREE money that they have not worked for.
    I am working on a project to clean up the Little Rock area, called Second Opportunity Shelter. The basic idea is to provide the single mom, 3 kids, or a homeless person, a safe comfortable temporary place to help her get on her feet. Daycare, job assistant, auto help, job training, susbstance abuse counseling and TESTING! We are going to have classes in everything from financial to budgeting to savings, from parenting to marraige and family. This will be a religious based program, YES WE WILL HAVE CHURCH, I AM BRINGING GOD BACK TO THE FRONT, not hiding him. I am going to provide tough love, the OLD SCHOOL method. We will help one another. I personally think they should legalize it and tax the Shit out of it like cigarettes. It won’t matter how much it cost people will still buy it, just like gas. If you would like more information on my project you can eamil me at pilot7461@yahoo.com
    Thanks Keith
    p.s. if you have kids, do you let them smoke?

  6. James

    This is a stupid idea you cant save people from there selves. this would make a bad situation worse. It all has to come to pass.

  7. Chris

    I am glad they are finally doing something about this, but the mother can stay clean while she gives the money to her junkie boyfriends so that part is not fixed. If she does relapse and lose welfare that is fine with me, the kids can be taken from her if she can not find a place to live. There are so many people in this country that want to adopt kids that the kids will find a home, and it will hopefully be better than the one they are in right now. In Arkansas where I live we have parents making meth in their house with kids in it, the kids get burnt from mother’s pipe and breathe the chemicals and the police here will not do anything about it (Pulaski County, I reported it). This is just another way to crack down on the drug use that is wide spread in this state. I do not know where the NIH got their fudged facts but I live here and go to the welfare department, over half the people going in there have the meth scars all over their face and arms (nasty). If the system was perfect and the Police would do their jobs here then this bill would not be needed, but they are not so they need to get the powers to another agency to help out. I have no problem with pot, shrooms, or other natural drugs but this state has blown up with crackheads that need to be dealt with so the rest of the people can go back to normal lives. If you are going to comment on something like this, push away from the computer and go to Arkansas and see for yourself instead of believing the governments conspiracies!

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