⚕️ » HB20-1089 – A Colorado Bill Aimed to Block Employers From Punishing Employees for Off-Duty Marijuana Use

Drug testing is a huge racket. Let’s just be very clear about. There is something that is generally not widely known, and that is that marijuana metabolized, not the actual active ingredients, stays in your system depending on how much you use for a week or two, or even a month if you’re a really heavy user. That is in contrast to cocaine, heroin, etc, that only stay in your system for about 24 hours. If you are subject to drug testing and you use marijuana on a Saturday night, Monday morning you will test positive for marijuana. If you use cocaine, heroin, LSD, all the other illicit drugs on Saturday night, come Monday morning, you will be drug free. 

This is a perverse incentive. And this, of course, also has an effect. If somebody has flunked a drug test for marijuana, this can further damage their employment prospects. You get fired from your current job because you smoked marijuana two weeks ago. You get fired. The guy who used the cocaine a day ago, escapes. This is how the system works.

Of course, once you flunk the test and you get in a downward spiral hope also goes. And of course, who else gives these tests? Oh, the probation officers.

So you have situations in which people who are unemployed – and because of the drug war – are unemployable – have to go and pay to be drug tested, specifically for marijuana, or they go back to jail, but they can’t pay for the drug test. And so it goes. This, folks, is how the world works. Whether or not drug testing for anything is justifiable is one question. But the idea of using the same urine tests or hair tests for marijuana is so totally counterproductive with everything that they say they want to do. If this drug testing is used, they know this is having perverse effects, let’s stop. 

But no, they keep on doing the same thing. Now, as it happens that more and more companies are realizing that if they don’t hire people that use cannabis, they’re going to exclude a whole lot of highly qualified people. In a tight labor market, which may or may not involve unskilled workers.

Everybody focus a lot on two things: coding and how to cheat on a drug test. That’s the key to your future kids; learn how to code and how to cheat on a drug test. This is how things work in the real world. If you can waive a magic wand and make marijuana go away, I would argue don’t do it. But until you can come up with that magic wand… 

Let’s deal in the real world, that you got millions of people using something that is less dangerous than almost any other mind altering substance out there. I don’t want to try to make these people unemployable.

Richard Cowan

CBDSeniors.com co-founder is long-time marijuana legalization advocate, Richard Cowan. Cowan’s December 1973 cover-article in the late William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine, calling for American Conservatives to support marijuana legalization drew international attention the absurdity of marijuana prohibition and was described as opening a new front in the drug war.

In The December 6, 1986 issue of National Review, Cowan’s cover article, How the Narcs Created Crack, is credited with introducing “the Iron Law of Prohibition” and became the subject of a book on the economics of contraband, the stronger the drugs.
From August 1992 to August 1995 Cowan served as executive director of NORML. Cowan decided to help found CBDSeniors.com because the remnants of marijuana prohibition continue to block access to CBD in many areas, and prohibition makes standardized testing more difficult. He also wants to de-stigmatize the cannabis plant to senior citizens who were fed lies and misinformation throughout their entire life. Cowan now lives in Europe where he works with marijuana legalization activists.

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Richard Cowan

CBDSeniors.com co-founder is long-time marijuana legalization advocate, Richard Cowan. Cowan’s December 1973 cover-article in the late William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine, calling for American Conservatives to support marijuana legalization drew international attention the absurdity of...