Monday, September 25, 2006

T- S Does More NORML News

Once again I'm surprised that the Times- Standard used a press release from the National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws as fodder for a news item. Somewhat pleased, though, as well.

I remember them doing two or three days of coverage a while back of the NORML convention in San Francisco (or was it somewhere in the East Bay?) earlier this year and was surprised when they did that.

It's good to see some things a lot of people aren't aware of get occasional coverage. I just wonder if Joe and Jill Sixpack enjoy seeing NORML coverage in their paper? Hard to say.


At 5:11 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Wow. Slow day all over bloggersville. Maybe everybody's working, or getting out to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

6 billion in drug testing???

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our company gets probably 1 in 4 to pass a marijuana screening. Sad state of affairs. Possible new employees don't seem to care enough to just lay off for a month or so to clear their system. And we tell them from the first interview that we drug test.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

You know, I can see testing for cocaine for train brake operators or something. If you're a cop. Rescue worker. Nurse maybe.

But for the average company, if they need a drug test to measure your performance, they're not paying attention to your work anyway.

I don't smoke marijuana or take anything that would make a test come positive except maybe poppyseed bagels, but unless I was starving with no other employment prospects, I wouldn't work for a company that wanted to test me. When I clock out - it should be my life. To allow yourself to be tested is essentially to surrender your every waking moment to the service of the company.

At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right. But people are allowing it. That frog is being slowly boiled...

"Wow. Slow day all over bloggersville. Maybe everybody's working, or getting out to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts."

No, Rose is getting carpal tunnel syndrome.

At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

snivel snivel snivel

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, You would be surprised how many larger employers drug test.

When an employee is operating company vehicles and tools and what not, the employers need to cover their keisters for little things like workman's comp and possible litigation. It's not a personal issue, it's a safety issue. And when a company has a no drug policy they mean all drugs beyond prescription medication. Marijuana included. Until it's legalized it is included.

Oh, and we don't have many 215 patients applying for work.

To quote Maynard G. Krebs: "Work?"

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

It's not a safety issue if the individual smokes it on the weekend. Ironically, you could "get away" with cocaine because it's out of your system so much sooner. If you suspect that they're stoned on the job, you can test then. But blanket checks are about control, not safety.


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