Put An End To Marijuana Drug Testing In The Work Place
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Despite the fact that the Federal Government has taken a strong editorial position in favor of ending the failed Federal Prohibition on marijuana, The Federal Government still requires for businesses to drug test employees for marijuana.
As recent editorials demonstrate, The Times editorial board, its publisher and individuals around the United State and abroad feel strongly about ending the practice of giving people life-damaging criminal records for marijuana, which can make it difficult to get a job, go to school or in some cases even vote.
The Federal Government should bring its laws into line with its views on the need to end legal discrimination against people who use marijuana. No one is saying that employers should be forced to deal with workers who are intoxicated at the office, but off-duty marijuana use doesn't negatively impact a persons ability to do his or her job. Traditional drug testing programs cannot determine whether someone is currently high; they merely test for metabolites that indicate whether someone used marijuana as far back as a month ago.
The Federal Government should face it’s outdated drug testing policy with a modern approach that focuses on impairment in the workplace, prioritizing job performance over the content of employees’ urine. What employees do on their own time is their own business. The Federal Government doesn’t concern itself with whether their co-workers have a drink after work. They should institute the same policy for marijuana.
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