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PROTEST DRUG TESTING NOW!

fight back against the extrajudicial enforcement of Christian Science Sharia

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher




September 18, 2020

ttention Job Applicants!

Mad about having to submit to drug tests in order to make a living?

Fight back!

Submit the following protest letter to your current or prospective employer along with that urine sample that you provide them.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING LETTER SHOULD BE USED ONLY BY THOSE WHO ARE READY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE DEVASTATINGLY MISGUIDED DRUG WAR, IN THE FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT DOING SO IS RISKY IN TODAY'S DRUG WARRIOR CLIMATE. NO ONE, LEAST OF ALL MYSELF, CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE COMPANY YOU ARE DEALING WITH WILL RESPECT YOU FOR PROTESTING IN THIS WAY. ONLY SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO YOUR DRUG-TESTING EMPLOYER IF YOU FEEL STRONGLY ENOUGH ABOUT THE INJUSTICES IN QUESTION HERE THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO LOSE A JOB OPPORTUNITY IF NECESSARY TO MAKE YOUR VIEWPOINT KNOWN.


DRUG TESTING PROTEST LETTER

Dear Employer:

Although I have complied with your company's drug test, I feel a moral duty to inform you that I have done so under duress. I believe that such drug-testing without cause is a fundamental violation of my rights as an American citizen, and that such testing represents the enforcement of a Christian Science viewpoint about drugs, which is one that I do not share. Christian Scientists, as I'm sure you know, believe that human beings have a moral duty to go without using drugs for healing purposes, whether physical or psychological. I do not practice that religion, and I therefore do not believe that I should be subject to its requirements when it comes to the plant medicines around me. For I believe that mother nature is a healing goddess, not a drug kingpin, and that no plants are bad in and of themselves, despite the Drug Warrior's constant attempts to demonize them, largely by failing to acknowledge the positive role that today's demonized plant substances have played in various cultures for literally thousands of years.

I am taking this stand in support of Thomas Jefferson, who I believe was rolling over in his grave when the DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated his poppy plants, in clear and ungrateful violation of the natural law upon which Jefferson had founded this country. Jefferson believed that there were basic rights that the government could not take from us, and few could be more basic, especially to a garden-lover like Jefferson, than our right to the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet. For as Natural Law proponent John Locke wrote in his Second Treatise on Government, human beings have a right to the use of the land "and all that lies therein." To arrest me for accessing and using mere plant medicine is therefore, in my view, a violation of my basic rights as an American citizen, for it represents the unconstitutional triumph of common law over Jefferson's natural law, which was the one thing that was unique and special about America, until the Drug War took it away, beginning in 1914, when racist politicians first outlawed a plant in order to marginalize the minorities that they feared and despised.

I do not seek to convince you of my viewpoint in this short letter. I merely wish to state for the record that I have taken your drug test under duress for a variety of philosophical reasons, including the ones that I've mentioned above. I trust that you will accept this statement of conscience for the earnest political protest that it represents and that it will not bias you against me in considering my suitability for employment, for, putting this one issue aside, I believe I would make a valuable addition to your workforce.


Sincerely Yours,


Name, Date, on behalf of the wronged Thomas Jefferson and the Natural Law upon which he founded this country


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Author's Follow-up: August 17, 2022






There's nothing wrong with checking folks like pilots to see if they're impaired by a substance -- but let's be clear here: drug testing in the vast majority of cases is not about finding impairment: it's rather an extrajudicial fishing expedition in the human body to find signs of previous use of banned substances. Worse yet, the punishment for infraction is cruel and unusual, insofar as it involves barring the 'user' from obtaining gainful employment in the United States of America (or Britain, or Australia, etc.). That is a kind of punishment that is not even meted out to axe murderers.

Moreover, Congress is thus essentially subcontracting drug testing to businesses to enforce Christian Science Sharia, for the kinds of substances that the drug test searches for are those which have inspired entire religions in the past. Coca was an Incan God. The Vedic religion was inspired by a psychoactive plant. Plato's view of the afterlife was inspired by the psychedelic kykeon at Eleusis. And the "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius were inspired by his free use of opium. Yet the use of these substances in America today will bar you from feeding your family. Drug testing is therefore an attack on religious freedom, an attack upon the wellspring and fountainhead of the religious impulse itself: namely, psychoactive plants and fungi.

Author's Follow-up: April 12, 2023


If I follow up on the philosophical investigations of William James and use nitrous oxide, I will no longer be allowed to have a job in America. Ah, the land of the home and the free!!!!!!!!!!!!!






















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We've created a faux psychology to support such science: that psychology says that anything that really WORKS is just a "crutch" -- as if there is, or there even should be, a "CURE" for sadness.
There are no recreational drugs. Even laughing gas has rational uses because it gives us a break from morbid introspection. There are recreational USES of drugs, but the term "recreational" is often used to express our disdain for users who go outside the healthcare system.
Prohibition turned habituation into addiction by creating a wide variety of problems for users, including potential arrest, tainted or absent drug supply, and extreme stigmatization.
Alexander Shulgin is a typical westerner when he speaks about cocaine. He moralizes about the drug, telling us that it does not give him "real" power. But so what? Does coffee give him "real" power? Coke helps some, others not. Stop holding it to this weird metaphysical standard.
It's funny to hear fans of sacred plants indignantly insisting that their meds are not "drugs." They're right in a way, but actually NO substances are "drugs." Calling substances "drugs" is like referring to striking workers as "scabs." It's biased terminology.
"Judging" psychoactive drugs is hard. Dosage counts. Expectations count. Setting counts. In Harvey Rosenfeld's book about the Spanish-American War, a volunteer wrote of his visit to an "opium den": "I took about four puffs and that was enough. All of us were sick for a week."
There are plenty of "prima facie" reasons for believing that we could eliminate most problems with drug and alcohol withdrawal by chemically aided sleep cures combined with using "drugs" to fight "drugs." But drug warriors don't want a fix, they WANT drug use to be a problem.
Drug warriors aren't just deciding for us about drugs. They're telling us that we no longer need Coleridge poems, Lovecraft stories, Robin Williams, Sherlock Holmes, or the soma-inspired Hindu religion.
The first step in harm reduction is to re-legalize mother nature's medicines. Then hundreds of millions of people will no longer suffer in silence for want of godsend medicines... for depression, for pain, for anxiety, for religious doubts... you name it.
Addiction thrives BECAUSE of prohibition, which outlaws drug alternatives and discourages education about psychoactive substances and how to use them wisely.
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You have been reading an article entitled, PROTEST DRUG TESTING NOW!: fight back against the extrajudicial enforcement of Christian Science Sharia, published on September 18, 2020 on AbolishTheDEA.com. For more information about America's disgraceful drug war, which is anti-patient, anti-minority, anti-scientific, anti-mother nature, imperialistic, the establishment of the Christian Science religion, a violation of the natural law upon which America was founded, and a childish and counterproductive way of looking at the world, one which causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some, visit the drug war philosopher, at abolishTheDEA.com. (philosopher's bio; go to top of this page)