Assume you are living in a state that has legalized marijuana. Discuss whether the state and local governments should eliminate drug testing of marijuana as part of their employment hiring practices. Provide 3 examples to support your answer.
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Privacy arguments aside—should
employers really be in the business of demanding body fluids from their
workers?—this testing is expensive and does not effectively screen for good
employees. In fact, it probably doesn’t effectively screen for drug users. Yet
companies continue to drug test potential employees, even in states where
medical marijuana is legal.
Even back in 1999, when pot
legalization was nothing more than a pipe dream, an ACLU study concluded that drug tests were overly
expensive and a poor indicator of workplace performance because they don’t test
for impairments. Drug tests search for drug metabolites, which are by-products
excreted from the body after a drug has been ingested. This means test might
catch a person who used an illicit substance in the recent past but probably
not a person who is under the influence during the taking of the test; it takes
a few hours for drug metabolites to appear in urine. Tests are arguably more
likely to catch occasional users than drug abusers.
an employer wanted to keep drug testing employees for substances other than
marijuana, they are unlikely to catch them. Pot stays in the body the longest
of any classified drug and can show up in urine tests weeks or months after it’s
used. Cocaine can pass through the system in as little as one to three days,
and meth can leave the body in one to five days, though this varies slightly
depending on age and usage.
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Jul 15th, 2015
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