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Drug tests for the unemployed proposed in Florida | The NORML Stash Blog

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7 responses to “Drug tests for the unemployed proposed in Florida”

  1. Sonia

    I’m unemployed. I faithfully and actively look for work each week. I don’t do drugs, haven’t since 1984, but an occassional drinker ( 1-2 every so many weeks). I often find myself hanging around my local taverns at night, now, just to have social contact/conversation. I have come to realize that there are a lot of unemployed people just in my small(city of Portland, OR) corner of the city. And guess what? The majority of them can’t get work because they’re doing drugs. They won’t admit it, though. They all have their stupid excuses and pity party explainations as to why they’re still unemployed. I see them tote their drug pipes in their pockets, step out in the cig smoking areas of the bar and light up! Then there’s the meth addicts who are too amped up and always bumming money, smokes, free food, etc., all the while they’re whinning about “no jobs anywhere”. Then there’s those who lose their jobs, for poor work habits, or they’ve ruined their own contracting businesses because of their alcoholism. Alcoholics + unemployment + drugs = losers.
    They usually wind up in trouble with the law one way or another. DUI, drug use and possession, loss of job, loss of privelage to drive, fines to pay, on and on and on. Don’t people see that there IS consequences to poor decisions. They spin their own webs of destruction. So, am I for drug testing? I do believe so. If employers can do it in a confidential manner, then why can’t the agencies who dole out cash to the unemployed? UE bennies shouldn’t be a free ride so someone can lazy around, do drugs, and be unproductive, and still can’t pass an employer’s pee test. I know these people milk our govnment. Getting UE bennies just perpetuates the problem. Will crime go up? I’m betting not. What it will do is wake up those bone heads when they realize there’s no money in there pockets. Heck, then maybe “can collecting” will increase and our streets will be cleaner! The road to self destruction is quick; the road back is harder, longer, but not impossible.

  2. Scott Beard

    If the state orders drug test, the state should pay for them…

  3. Jay

    What I spend my money on is nobody’s Fkin business. I guess that lawmaker in FL wants to turn unemployed smokers into homeless people and criminals in FL. Trust me, if unemployed smokers are gonna get denied money for failing a drug test, those smokers will graduate to robbery in order to get money AND cigs.

    FL doesn’t need to increase the crime rate by having a stupid drug test for the unemployed.

  4. jobseeker

    When do Mike Bennett and his cronies get tested?

  5. Swampfox

    One small point about unemployment insurance. Not sure about Florida, but here in Maine only the employer pays into the unemployment insurance pool and not the employee. So there isn’t any ‘it’s my money that I paid in’ right to getting any back.

    To the point of drug testing the unemployed, tell them to take their f*cking unemployment money and put it right up their asses next to their drug tests. Get self-employed and leave their money and their state behind.

    9 times out of 10, Draconian measures are put forth by Republicans and they all go to Florida to retire.

  6. sameoldwine

    I told ya. This state has more flaming radical conservatives in it than podunk. The old folks don’t help (I am almost 60 but not “old”).

    Florida has two regions: Redneckia in the north and west and Cubania (formerly New Yorkia) in the southeast. The old folks live in both those regions.

    I am not surprised when I hear such insane proposals from our state politicians. Hell, this is the only state I know that proposed a religious license plate for your car so that people would know you were a christian. :loco:


    Oh well at least we have good colleges :gator:

    We want MMJ here! Politicians (read old folks who vote) don’t. Insanity same as most places. We just flaunt our insanity more than most.

  7. herbalist973

    these’s senators in florida have really lost there fucking minds im unemployed right now due to the fuck ups around who where looking out for them selves (stock market, goverment officals) now your gonna take my hard earned money too fuck u im sick of this bullshit im gonna smoke more and collect longer now 8-) 8-) 8-)

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