reply to pnh102
said by pnh102:Well, YMMV, but I've worked at three jobs in my day, and only my current one required a drug test. That was only at hire, not random testing without cause, so you can partake all you want, so long as you don't show up to work stoned. Frankly I'm not even sure why they do the test at hire, other than to weed out the people who are so stupid as to not be able to abstain before the test they know is coming. It's pretty sad but I know of more than one position that went unfilled because the chosen candidate failed the drug screening. Just how stupid do you have to be to fail a drug test that you knew was coming weeks in advance?
And besides, if most people have to pass drug tests in order to work, then it is perfectly appropriate to insist that a person on the dole pass a drug test to receive benefits.
The whole concept bothers me on a philosophical level. Unless they have reason to suspect I'm under the influence at work, why is it any of their business? Now we've got employers testing for nicotine, and that's a legal substance! Hell, I have an interview scheduled at just such an employer. After the test, should I get the job, I'm sorely tempted to smoke a cigar, just on general principle.
Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now. It's nice to converse with someone who recognizes the futility of prohibition, now if we could only get some of our legislators to look at the issue objectively....