End Marijuana Drug Test Discrimination
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* Data derived from the world’s only Marijuana Drug Test Calculator (Patent US 13/866,015)
* Data collection established and ongoing since 2011
The Core Issue
For decades, Cannabis Drug Testing has been used to justify discriminatory policies against millions of citizens within the United States - especially minorities and people of color. In the 1980s, the Reagan administration began to heavily promote workplace drug testing with the same type of propaganda that is being used to manipulate the public today. Drug testing proliferated from safety sensitive jobs to non-safety sensitive jobs with rapid form. After misleading the public with engineered lies and false claims, politicians then created financial incentives for companies to create and enforce the pre-employment drug test - where you are presumed guilty until proven innocent for no reason. Today, suspicionless drug testing of public high school students takes place and doctors throughout the nation use "medication contracts" to force their patients (many of them veterans) into taking a urine drug test in exchange for medications.
Cannabis Drug Testing Facts
Based on our data and research, it has been determined that the average person who smokes cannabis once has a failure rate of 50% at 12 days. It is also the only substance on the standardized SAMHSA 5 Panel Drug Test (used throughout the country) that can be detected for more than several weeks. This is due to the non-polar, hydrophobic nature of cannabinoids at the molecular level. When consumed, the fatty tissues in our bodies attract and soak up these molecules like a sponge, then slowly release them back into the blood stream over time for metabolization. This, unfortunately, ensures a very long detection window that has been exploited for capital gain. Without drug testing for cannabis, which doesn’t prove if a user was under the influence at the time of the test, the pharmaceutically owned, six billion dollar drug testing industry that exists today would collapse.
Ethnic Discrimination and Drug Testing
Ethnic discrimination and drug testing is an issue that needs attention in the United States. After normalizing over five years of our drug test submission data with an Ethnic Population Distribution Report and then cross-referencing with labor force characteristics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has been determined that if you are Black or African-American, then you are nearly 1.3 times more likely to be drug tested for any reason, including random. These findings corroborate with the well established fact that on average, a Black person is nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a White person, even though both groups use marijuana at similar rates.
Rate of Drug Test Discrimination by State/Ethnicity
Alabama - 0.78 White | 1.33 Black | 2.0 Hispanic
Alaska - 0.89 White | 1.38 Native American
Arizona - 0.89 White | 2.5 Black
California - 1.05 White | 3.0 Black
Colorado - 0.86 White | 2.5 Black
Florida - 0.91 White | 1.5 Black
Indiana - 0.89 White | 1.78 Black
Kansas - 0.89 White | 3.8 Black
Louisiana - 0.79 White | 2.4 Hispanic
Missouri - 0.89 White | 1.91 Black
Nebraska - 0.92 White | 3.0 Black
Oklahoma - 0.95 White | 2.0 Black
Tennessee - 0.88 White | 1.69 Black
* Information along with a detailed state-by-state analysis between ethnic groups and drug testing can be found here
The End of Cannabis Drug Testing
With the wave of reformation that is taking place across the nation with the acceptance of cannabis, it is time to uproot the discriminatory practices of the last century and bring an end to cannabis drug testing as a condition of eligibility for employment, school-based extracurricular activities, and medical attention. No one should be punished for using a natural herb that heals and nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
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