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Drug Testing & Hemp Products
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Drug testing poses a major potential problem for the hemp food industry. In 1996, an employee who had eaten a Seedy Sweetie snack failed a drug test for marijuana. The candy is made by Hungry Bear Hemp Foods using pressed hempseed. Normally it does not contain THC, but apparently a detectable amount of residue from leaves slipped through the cleaning process. Aegis Laboratories found positive readings in one person’s urine sixty hours after consuming the candy, and similar cases have arisen in other states. The Department of Transportation issued a policy guide to “never accept an assertion of consumption of a hemp food product as a basis for verifying a marijuana negative. Whatever else it may be, consuming a hemp… Read More
In The Time of the War on Drugs
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Legend has it that in the five-thousand year history of marijuana, only one death has ever been attributed to the plant: Two smugglers were flying low over Floridian farmland back in the 1970s when they received a radio warning that the DEA. was waiting on the ground. They started dumping 20 pound bricks of Colombian bud out the airplane door and one of the bricks crashed through the roof of a farmhouse and pulverized a farmer who was kicking back, having a beer and watching TV. That small story, probably untrue, usefully illustrates two points. One, marijuana is benign. One death, however peripheral, in five millennia is not a bad record at all. Two, whatever harm that can be associated… Read More
How To Piss & Pass A Drug Test
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Washing your system: how much water and for how long? In an emergency, you can start drinking water as soon as one hour before the test, 4-6 hours is recommended. There is no known universal dosage, but you should be urinating so often it is ridiculous. One drawback is that watery urine is produced. Sometimes urine is rejected on the basis of its color alone. Taking B-complex vitamins will help keep the urine yellow. Drinking vinegar does not work. Visine does not work. Concentrated urine works fine for those not sure about the integrity of a friends sample. Prepare ahead of time, directions are included. Niacin and Golden Seal have shown encouragement, but they are inconsistant. This urinator would not… Read More
Drug Testing: Is It Worth It?
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I encourage the cross-posting of this material to general and local discussion groups and BBS’s, or wherever else you think it may do some good. In fact, I ask you to do so personally. Hang it up on the office bulletin board, if you have the guts to, and send a copy of via anonymous agent to the chairmen, CEOs, and policy makers of your company. Testing for drugs in the work-place has become a very hot issue on USENET lately. Several groups have lengthy threads discussing the morality and/or civil liberties aspects of urinalysis. Usually these threads end up deadlocked between libertarian and more conservative viewpoints, as characterized by the following archetypical discussion: Joe: Drug testing violates the individual’s… Read More
Privacy In America: Workplace Drug Testing
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Today, in some industries, taking a drug test is as routine as filling out a job application. In fact, workplace drug testing is up 277 percent from 1987—despite the fact that random drug testing is unfair, often inaccurate and unproven as a means of stopping drug use. But because there are few laws protecting our privacy in the workplace, millions of American workers are tested yearly—even though they aren’t suspected of drug use. Employers have the right to expect workers not to be high or drunk on the job. But they shouldn’t have the right to require employees to prove their innocence by taking a drug test. That’s not how America should work. Invasion And Error However routine drug tests… Read More
Drug Testing & Your Right To Privacy
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“The impairment of individual liberties cannot be the means of making a point […] symbolism, even symbolism for so worthy a cause as the abolition of unlawful drugs, cannot validate an otherwise unreasonable search.” These words, spoken by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia in his dissenting opinion in National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab, 489 U.S. 656 (1989), underline the importance of rejecting random drug testing of employees to combat the drug problem facing this nation. But unfortunately, suspicion less drug testing of employees, especially in the private sector, has been steadily growing since 1986. According to a recent survey of 1,000 companies performed by the American Management Association, 51.5% of the respondents engaged in some form of drug… Read More
Drug Testing In The Workplace
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Similarities in the war on Jews and the war on drug users are obvious. An important difference in strategy can be seen, however, in efforts to produce Jew-free and drug user-free economies. The Nazi effort included businesses owned or operated by Jews. In contrast, drug warriors rarely urge boycott of products or services provided by drug-using business people. Drug warriors continually warn of threats posed to society by drug-using workers, but we hear nothing about threats posed by drug-using business managers or owners. We hear no calls to boycott a car dealership or grocery store run by someone identified as a drug user or who employs drug users. This silence is revealing. Nazis who made war on Jews and Americans… Read More
Civic Duty & Civil Commitment of Drug Testing
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Traditionally, criminal proceedings are directed against past behavior. A failed drug patient, however, can be prosecuted because authorities are dissatisfied with prospects for the person’s future behavior. When a regime imprisons citizens because of what they might do someday, the regime is following the Nazi concept of civic duty. Formerly, civil commitment was rare. Formerly, it nurtured incapacitated citizens if they needed medical help. Civic duty has transformed civil commitment into a method of imprisoning citizens convicted of no crime. In the transcript of one civil commitment proceeding, I counted only 500 words; a single sheet of paper could hold the facts and discussion of them among the committed person, the person’s spouse, a police matron, a public defender, a… Read More
Urine Testing History
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If you’d take its advocates seriously, you’d believe that drug tests were intended solely for diagnostic, health-related reasons—and not for persecuting substance users or intimidating workers. Nothing surprising here. Favorable public perception is important to the Drug Industrial Complex and its advertising agencies, even if it means doctoring the truth. To workers caught with their pants down or skirts up, the manufacturer’s intent is academic. Who cares why the damn thing was invented when you still have to fill the cup? Urine screening is detection in its rawest form. Guilt before innocence, chemical finger-pointing, surveillance—all associations the Reagan Enforcers are eager to avoid. Diagnosis, on the other hand, sounds therapeutic. Diagnosis, on the other hand, sounds therapeutic. Brochures and trade… Read More
Follow The Money of Drug Testing
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“Urine the Money,” another outgrowth of the Reagan era is the drug testing industry. Practically unheard of fifteen years ago, the testing of one’s urine, hair and sweat is increasingly being utilized to identify and punish drug users among the population. Drug tests do not detect impairment or performance, just the minute traces of drug-related metabolites in one’s body. The American Civil Liberties Union decries this practice as a violation of the right to privacy, presumption of innocence, and freedom from unreasonable searches and self-incrimination. Furthermore, it is an invasive insult to human dignity. Nonetheless, mandatory drug testing without probable cause is a practice that is being used at an alarming rate, largely due to government mandates. According to a… Read More
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