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Should Employers Have the Right Not to Fire Marijuana Users?

The Colorado Supreme Court ruledMonday 6-0 that Brandon Coats (right), a medical marijuana patient that was fired by Dish Network, cannot get his job back. (Associated Press).
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday 6-0 that Brandon Coats (right), a medical marijuana patient that was fired by Dish Network, cannot get his job back. (Associated Press)

Was this decision Justified? I think so. Here is why:

1) Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that adversely affects the brain. For anyone under age 25 it can cause permanent, psychical changes that can lead to loss of IQ by as much as 8 points, but as well can lead to mental illness and psychotic breaks in vulnerable individuals that have and are leading to mass murders and suicides. For anyone over 25, it still adversely affects memory, health, cognition and work performance.

2) Marijuana is a fat soluble, fat loving substance that stays in the body and brain for roughly one month, longer than any other drug. The brain is the fattiest organ in the body so the THC (psychoactive ingredient) accumulates there, compounding with each additional joint or ingestion of cannabis. So it doesn’t matter whether marijuana is consumed on the job or not. Impairment lasts much longer, even from occasional use in the evenings or weekends.

3) Studies by the post office indicate that marijuana users have more sick days and cause more accidents, 82% of which harm others. Other studies show that the adverse impacts to memory, motivation and cognition adversely affects work performance.

4) Addicts quite often can’t feed their habit without turning to crime, so they resort to stealing

Bottom line? Most pot smokers are a danger to themselves and others, and not capable at working at optimum levels. Employers, tasked with earning a profit for themselves and/or investors, have a right and obligation to maintain a safe and drug free work place.

Until and if the federal government decides marijuana is safe and effective as a medicine, anyone who chooses to be employed should use legal medicines. If they insist on THC, they can get a prescription for Marinol, a legal drug in pill form.

SB 151 Must Include Medical Marihuana

State Senator Hernandez is carrying a bill (SB 151) that will raise the age from 18 – 21 for age to purchase tobacco cigarettes.  This is good, of course, but, interestingly, the bill does not include medical marijuana—-which is also smoked.

How can our legislatures say to kids they can’t smoke tobacco, but it’s ok if they smoke medical marihuana?  New York is the most recent state to pass medical marijuana and it excludes smoking smoking marijuana for any age.  Why does California Continue reading SB 151 Must Include Medical Marihuana

Marijuana is NOT Medicine

Skunk Alert: Marijuana is NOT Medicine

Part 7 of a 9 part series

While isolated components of the plant, like CBD, appear to have therapeutic value for certain illnesses, and marijuana has some value in suppressing vomiting and nausea and stimulating appetite in AIDs patients, the whole plant is classified by the FDA as a Schedule I drug because it has no accepted medicinal use, has the potential for harm, and cannot be administered properly under supervision. Real medicines must have known compounds, potency and dosage and be reproducible in a uniform manner (like pills). That isn’t possible with smoke, and the consistency of marijuana plants varies widely, often with fungus and insecticides that are very harmful. The term “medical marijuana” was coined by people who want to legalize drugs to give it a good name as a first step toward full legalization. CBD, the component that can help offset the psychoactive effects of THC, has been largely bred out of today’s marijuana being sold as medicine, as “patients” just want to get high. Synthetic THC has been produced in pill form called Marinol, and is legally available through pharmacies.Skunk About to Spray.svg.hi

Skunk is the name for today’s high potency marijuana.

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana Can Cause Mental Illness. See the next post in the series: Marijuana Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage.

Pot is a Trap

Californians voted on Prop 215 in 1996 to provide marijuana to people with chronic illnesses for whom conventional medicines were not working satisfactorily. Now, some 18 years later, it is clear that the real motives was to make pot available for those who just want to get high, and driving force was those seeking money and/or power, with no consideration for the social costs. Continue reading Pot is a Trap