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Testing Employee Urine for Fun and Profit

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher

October 1, 2022

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Today California passed a law to ban drug testing for Marijuana use. That's one small step for white America, but NO STEP AT ALL for blacks.

California should outlaw all drug testing, unless it is searching for IMPAIRMENT.

Drug testing today is not searching for impairment. Drug testing today is an extrajudicial fishing expedition to find mere traces of substances of which politicians disapprove. Employees can lose jobs, and potential employees can fail to get jobs, NOT because they're impaired, but merely because lab techs have found traces of demonized substances in their system (the kinds of substances that have inspired entire religions, as the soma medicine inspired the Vedic-Hindu religion, the Mayans venerated magic mushrooms and the Inca considered coca to be divine). Drug testing is an extrajudicial fishing expedition in the most intimate of all places: one's own body.

Big business today is actually drug-testing Americans as a kind of stealth contractor for the US Government, checking to see whether Americans have been naughty or nice as those terms are hypocritically defined by Christian Science conservatives (that is, politicians who are motivated by the Christian Science belief that drugs may be called bad without regard for how, why or when they are used).

Not only is this extrajudicial punishment, but it is cruel and unusual punishment to deny a person the right to get a job in America. We do not even punish murderers in that way.

And yet the worker thus barred has no right to appeal, for the Kafkaesque reason that they have never actually been charged with a crime. They have just been "written off" as a money earner by a wink-and-a-nod from the anonymous powers that be.

Wake up, Californians: Outlaw all drug testing, unless it is searching only for demonstrable impairment, and not for mere traces of substances that have been demonized by pharacologically clueless politicians.

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I have dissed MindMed's new LSD "breakthrough drug" for philosophical reasons. But we can at least hope that the approval of such a "de-fanged" LSD will prove to be a step in the slow, zigzag path toward re-legalization.
We're living in a sci-fi dystopia called "Fahrenheit 452", in which the police burn thought-expanding plants instead of thought-expanding books.
Today's war against drug users is like Elizabeth I's war against Catholics. Both are religious crackdowns. For today's oppressors, the true faith (i.e., the moral way to live) is according to the drug-hating religion of Christian Science.
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.
Almost all talk about the supposed intractability of things like addiction are exercises in make-believe. The pundits pretend that godsend medicines do not exist, thus normalizing prohibition by implying that it does not limit progress. It's a tacit form of collaboration.
I could tell my psychiatrist EXACTLY what would "cure" my depression, even without getting addicted, but everything involved is illegal. It has to be. Otherwise I would have no need of the psychiatrist.
The Drug War is a religion. The "addict" is a sinner who has to come home to the true faith of Christian Science. In reality, neither physical nor psychological addiction need be a problem if all drugs were legal and we used them creatively to counter problematic use.
Materialist scientists cannot triumph over addiction because their reductive focus blinds them to the obvious: namely, that drugs which cheer us up ACTUALLY DO cheer us up. Hence they keep looking for REAL cures while folks kill themselves for want of laughing gas and MDMA.
The best step we could take in harm reduction is re-legalizing everything and starting to teach safe use. Spend the DEA's billions on "go" teams that would descend on locations where drugs are being used stupidly -- not to arrest, but to educate.
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