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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.
Yeah. They drive to their drug tests in pickup trucks with license plates that read "Don't tread on me." Yeah, right. "Don't tread on me: Just tell me how and how much I'm allowed to think and feel in this life. And please let me know what plants I can access."
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You have been reading essays by the Drug War Philosopher, Brian Quass, at abolishthedea.com. Brian is the founder of The Drug War Gift Shop, where artists can feature and sell their protest artwork online. He has also written for Sociodelic and is the author of The Drug War Comic Book, which contains 150 political cartoons illustrating some of the seemingly endless problems with the war on drugs -- many of which only Brian seems to have noticed, by the way, judging by the recycled pieties that pass for analysis these days when it comes to "drugs." That's not surprising, considering the fact that the category of "drugs" is a political category, not a medical or scientific one.
A "drug," as the world defines the term today, is "a substance that has no good uses for anyone, ever, at any time, under any circumstances" -- and, of course, there are no substances of that kind: even cyanide and the deadly botox toxin have positive uses: a war on drugs is therefore unscientific at heart, to the point that it truly qualifies as a superstition, one in which we turn inanimate substances into boogie-men and scapegoats for all our social problems.
The Drug War is, in fact, the philosophical problem par excellence of our time, premised as it is on a raft of faulty assumptions (notwithstanding the fact that most philosophers today pretend as if the drug war does not exist). It is a war against the poor, against minorities, against religion, against science, against the elderly, against the depressed, against those in pain, against children in hospice care, and against philosophy itself. It outlaws substances that have inspired entire religions, Nazifies the English language and militarizes police forces nationwide.
It bans the substances that inspired William James' ideas about human consciousness and the nature of ultimate reality. In short, it causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some, meanwhile violating the Natural Law upon which Thomas Jefferson founded America. (Surely, Jefferson was rolling over in his grave when Ronald Reagan's DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated the founding father's poppy plants.)
If you believe in freedom and democracy, in America and around the world, please stay tuned for more philosophically oriented broadsides against the outrageous war on godsend medicines, AKA the war on drugs.
PS The drug war has not failed: to the contrary, it has succeeded, insofar as its ultimate goal was to militarize police forces around the world and help authorities to ruthlessly eliminate those who stand in the way of global capitalism. For more, see Drug War Capitalism by Dawn Paley. Oh, and did I mention that most Drug Warriors these days would never get elected were it not for the Drug War itself, which threw hundreds of thousands of their political opposition in jail? Trump was right for the wrong reasons: elections are being stolen in America, but the number-one example of that fact is his own narrow victory in 2016, which could never have happened without the existence of laws that were specifically written to keep Blacks and minorities from voting. The Drug War, in short, is a cancer on the body politic.
Rather than apologetically decriminalizing selected plants, we should be demanding the immediate restoration of Natural Law, according to which "The earth, and all that is therein, is given to men for the support and comfort of their being." (John Locke)
Andrew, Christopher "The Secret World: A History of Intelligence" 2019 Yale University Press
Aurelius, Marcus "Meditations" 2021 East India Publishing Company