Remove marijuana from the list of "drugs" on all job drug screens

Remove marijuana from the list of "drugs" on all job drug screens

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Justin Okel started this petition to Governor Jim Justice and

Background:

I grew up in a household where drugs were frowned upon. Alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, alongside other different addictive/health deteriorating drugs. Growing up as a child into my teenage years, I viewed marijuana as some type of psychedelic/out of this world drug that was very dangerous to consume or be near in any way, shape, or form because that's the ONLY way I was taught to view this "drug". However, my parents didn't and never had used marijuana, my siblings didn't use marijuana, and the rest of my family NEVER used marijuana.

In other words, I was raised being told that marijuana was a dangerously addictive drug and that is was bad for you and your health by people who had NEVER used it or even been around it, meaning they have no personal or background knowledge on the topic, but still want to try to give their two cents. This seems to be the case with most Americans who don't use marijuana. They want to jump to conclusions about the topic and make assumptions about things they're unintelligible on, while telling everyone "how bad it is for them" although they themselves have never used it and are completely clueless to what is actually does for you and your health. It's like teaching someone how to complete a job, even though you have no idea how to do it.

As I grew older, I started realizing that what I was being told growing up was far from the truth. Not only is there legitimate factual information about marijuana out there on the internet and in books, but as we progress further into the future, more and more extensive research is being done every day across the nation and the world.  I had personal problems come up from time to time over the course of the years. Financial issues, mental issues, health issues. And the one thing that helped keep me together/sane was using marijuana. Marijuana use, for me, has dramatically helped curve my depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, ptsd, muscle spasms, and pain in my body. Not only does this help treat/ alleviate certain symptoms for me personally, but it does for millions of other as well. It's proven in statistics.

Marijuana does/can replace thousands of medications and prescriptions, but the government makes so much money off of pharmacies that they refuse to listen to the voices of their own citizens. Side effects that come with medications are too much for some to handle, and if they aren't presented with another option, the patient may/will be left suffering, either from side effects or the medication alone not being strong enough to do the job it's supposed to. This is where we need to step up and make a change! They would rather lock people up (government profiting from throwing people in the system) or give someone a ticketed fine (govt profiting from you needing a medicine, or as some call it, "drug").

Cigarettes have yet to be proved in any way beneficial for your health, alcohol has yet to be proved in any way beneficial for your health, sugar has yet to be proved in any way beneficial for your health, as well as percocet, oxycodone, and hydrocodone but they still . There's soooooo many more to name. OTC cough syrups and nasal decongestants are more abused and more dangerous to consume than marijuana. SUGAR is more unhealthy and more addictive than cocaine, but we allow most of these things to remain legal and pretty easily accessible to most citizens(because it makes the government money), while marijuana (which has medical benefits, is not bad for you or your health, and is not addictive) is unavailable to a majority us (because the govt hasn't figured out how to majorly profit off of it)

Its beyond sad that you can buy a 30 pack or more of alcohol, buy an entire carton or more of cigarettes, or 50 lbs of sugar... all for yourself........ with no repercussions, but if you get "caught" with a gram or 2 of marijuana in an "illegal" state, you could get fined hundreds of dollars or potentially risk jail time. Or if you have "too much" in a legal state, the consequences are the same. But you can buy as much alcohol and medications as you want?? Most people aren't getting locked up or getting in trouble with the law over marijuana because they're bad people, they're getting in trouble because the government makes money for every arrest made and every ticket given out.  In the long run, as of now, it makes the state money, which then makes the government money, which makes them and only them more money. or potentially risk jail time. Or if you have "too much" in a legal state, the consequences are the same. But you can buy as much alcohol and medications as you want?? Most people aren't getting locked up or getting in trouble with the law over marijuana because they're bad people, they're getting in trouble because the government makes money for every arrest made and every ticket given out.  In the long run, as of now, it makes the state money, which then makes the government money, which makes them and only them more money.

It's funny that the government doesn't want to consider trying to make marijuana legal nationwide and see where it goes from there. Its already legal in many other countries, and as for in the US, half the states have made it legally available and in those states, there are interstates, school systems, communities and more being built with profited revenue that is generated from marijuana!!! You don't see highways being rebuilt by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Beyer, Pfizer, etc. You don't see school systems and neighborhoods being rebuilt by Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, etc. You will always see ads on TV about alcohol and medications from companies, but will never see the ads for marijuana although they actually benefit the country?????  You clearly see that the money coming in from marijuana is allowing for expansion and is only helping the world become a better place.

Facts:

  • After last use, cocaine or its metabolites typically can show up on a blood or saliva test for up to 2 days, a urine test for up to 3 days
  • The average urine test can detect alcohol between 12 and 48 hours after drinking. More advanced testing can measure alcohol in the urine 80 hours after you drink. Breath tests for alcohol can detect alcohol within a shorter time frame. This is about 24 hours on average.
  • Urine tests can detect hydrocodone for 2-4 days. Blood tests can only detect morphine for the first 12 hours after the last dose, and urine tests only work for up to 3 days
  • Caffeine reaches a peak level in your blood within 30 to 60 minutes. It has a half-life of 3 to 5 hours. The half-life is the time it takes for your body to eliminate half of the drug. 
  • Oxycodone is detectable in the urine for 1-4 days, and a person will test positive for the drug within 1-3 hours after taking it. It is detectable in saliva within minutes after a person takes the drug and can be detected on a test for up to 48 hours.
  • In urine tests, traces of Percocet can generally be detected for 48 hours, starting 2 hours after the first dose. It can be found in the blood for just a day. The only long-term test is the hair test, which can detect oxycodone built up in the follicles for up to 30 days.
  • For most people, once you quit smoking cigarettes, nicotine can still be detected in the bloodstream for between one and three days
  • The length of time marijuana stays in the body or continues to show in a drug test depends on many factors. These include:

-how much body fat a person has
-how often they consume the drug
-how much someone smokes
-the sensitivity of the drug test
Drugs such as alcohol may completely disappear from the body in just a few hours. In comparison, weed lingers much longer.

For someone smoking marijuana for the first time, tests may detect it for about 3 days.
In someone who smokes marijuana three or four times per week, the detection window is 5–7 days.
For people who smoke marijuana once a day or more, tests may detect it in their system for 30 days or longer.

My point here is that someone who uses hard DRUGS like cocaine or percocet on a regular basis can quit for 3 days to pass a drug test, but someone who is using a MEDICINE like marijuana could be refused that same job over the fact that they have marijuana in their system even if the trace amounts aren't large?? That person who failed the drug test could've done a much better job and cared more about the job, but they were refused and not even given an opportunity because of taking a medicine that helps them.

The people involved: Marijuana Users

Problem they're facing: not being able to get a job they want or a job that they'd actually be really good at and progress with in the company.

The Solution:

  • Marijuana needs removed from/stop being classified as a controlled substance/drug list and it needs to be moved to the list of beneficial medicines.
  • Marijuana should not be tested for on drug screens. Regardless of it being legal or illegal in a specific state. It is a medicine, not a drug. If you want to consider it to be a drug, consider testing for sugars, fats, caffeine, and much more next time you go in for a drug screen as well. Those are much more unhealthy and addicting than marijuana, but because the government can make generous profits off of them, they're all legal.
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