I just received an email from a listener:
My name is Les and I love finding the stash every day after work. I started listening to it – even all the old shows - after i lost my job at Trugreen (a ServiceMaster company) for smoking pot, even though i had a clean driving record, great customer reviews and the whole 9. Never did i burn at work or in a company vehicle, but rather mostly at home with my wife while unwinding for the evening…
Which got me to thinking… how many of the record 4.81 million people receiving unemployment benefits are unemployed or under-employed because of workplace drug metabolite testing?
In an economic crisis, we need as many people working and contributing to the economy as possible. To put people out of work and dependent on assistance during this crisis is foolish.
In the interest of rehabilitating this economy, we call on all private sector employers to do away with workplace drug metabolite testing, which serves primarily to disqualify responsible marijuana smokers from full employment. Metabolite testing disproportionately targets cannabis consumers as its metabolite (THC-COOH) remains detectable for days or weeks after the window for impairment has passed; therefore, most of the people fired for marijuana were probably not impaired on the job.
We do share the concern about workplace safety, free from the threat of drug-impaired workers; however, there are other methods that are fair and accurate that do not discriminate against the marijuana consumer. If a change in drug metabolite testing is unworkable, then we call for a change in workplace policy that allows responsible marijuana smokers who test positive for non-impairing, inactive metabolites of marijuana to keep their jobs, even if you feel some other disciplinary measures must be taken.
The last thing our country and economy needs right now are more unemployed marijuana smokers collecting a government check.