Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

Of course, we all know that you can be a pot smoker and still be very good at any profession you could do if you weren’t, but there’s still the big-business drug testing industry trying to claim that you can’t, and for some jobs, merely admitting to past use could still disqualify you.

But that may be changing…

Smoking marijuana shouldn’t be a disqualifying factor for federal judgeship: Top senators say

Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn’t be denied federal judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill out the federal bench if marijuana use was considered disqualifying. […]

Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.

“If that’s the sole judgment on whether somebody ought to have a judgeship or not — or maybe any other position — we may not be able to find people to fill those positions,” said Mr. Grassley, who said his own views on drug use have also changed since he came to Congress three decades ago

If I wasn’t enjoying retirement so much, and I had actually gone to law school, I might put my hat in the ring.

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136 Responses to Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

  1. NorCalNative says:


    California is on fire again. Hope our SoCal friends are safe and okay. Servetus, what’s your proximity to the flames?

    • jean valjean says:

      I was thinking about you and your loss when I saw the news today. Sorry you have to relive that but it got me thinking….In low lying parts of Holland they have houses that float like a boat when it floods, settling back down again at the fixed mooring like any other house When the flood passes.
      With climate change the risk of fire in California is only going to increase, so it’s time building regulations reflected this. Lots of trees have evolved alongside forest-fires and have adapted to being regularly singed without being destroyed. In a similar way to how California pioneered earthquake resistance in building codes, maybe this is the time to regulate on forest-fire resistance too. As has been discussed, hemp provides a near perfect solution to house fires and no doubt could be tweaked even further if fire-proofing were the first priority. I can imagine houses designed to burn-off a little at the edges as the fire passes, only needing a re-render of the outside walls. A sprinkler system would also be advisable to save lives and prevent the fixtures and furniture catching fire, but a hemp house should remain standing through all but the worst forest-fires.

      • NorCalNative says:

        jean it’s important points you’re making. Hemp construction could/should be part of climate-change strategy.

        • Mouthy says:

          Hemp products must first be approved by the FDA . . . that’s what my congressman told me. I’m tempted to write him and ask him if the new high school going up has been approved by the FDA.

          I had heard that the fibers in hemp could potentially hold a significant amount of electricity . . . could this replace Lithium and if so, could hemp (since it can create a plastic) yield circuit boards? And this goes with what Servetus stated for farmers: imagine if farmers could grow for Google and Apple. Taiwan semiconductors are a hot product, wonder if hemp could replace some of their materials.

        • jean valjean says:

          Hempcrete is no use on the roof, but possibly a concrete tile mix would provide similar fire-proof qualities. Hempcrete shuttering over the windows plus sprinklers would provide an excellent shelter from a passing fire-storm. Sorry the Food and Drug Administration controls what materials builders use and are therefore putting millions at risk of fire.

    • thelbert says:

      i live across the bay from Dago so i should be safe. i hope everyone here is ok. haven’t commented here lately, no computer yet, so i’m at the library. started some seeds today for the winter crop. think i’ll let this crop go to seed.

    • Servetus says:

      I live in the East Bay area across from San Francisco . No flames here yet. Oakland’s catastrophic fire was years ago.

      • NorCalNative says:

        For some reason, I thought you were in SoCal.

        • Servetus says:

          I lived in SoCal for a few years. I fled LA just two months before the Rodney King riots broke out due to LA Police Chief Darryl Gates’ obsession with fascist drug enforcement procedures targeting minorities and everyone else. At the time I recall the racial tensions being so thick someone could have cut them with a knife—that and the smog.

  2. Servetus says:

    Might marijuana and hemp cultivation save the American farmer? Times are so bad for the small US farmer their suicide rate overshadows that of military veterans:

    6 December 2017 — …Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture – including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters – take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation. The data suggested that the suicide rate for agricultural workers in 17 states was nearly five times higher compared with that in the general population.

    After the study was released, Newsweek reported that the suicide death rate for farmers was more than double that of military veterans. This, however, could be an underestimate, as the data collected skipped several major agricultural states, including Iowa. Rosmann and other experts add that the farmer suicide rate might be higher, because an unknown number of farmers disguise their suicides as farm accidents.[…]

    The political economy that condemned small-scale American farmers and brought many to ruin or suicide began in the late 1980s with Reaganomics, coinciding with Nancy’s just-say-no campaign against cannabis and other drugs. With the repeal of cannabis prohibition, there can be two ways for farmers to say “yes” to marijuana: grow it or smoke it. Either approach might stave off death.

  3. Servetus says:

    Richard Huskey, assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University, wants to know why anti-drug public service announcements (PSAs) don’t work to brainwash drug consumers to reject drugs. To understand this strange phenomenon, 28 students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, watched anti-drug PSAs while being brain scanned using fMRI.

    7-DEC-2017 …Specifically, they found that fMRI-measured connectivity between two parts of the brain – the middle frontal gyrus and the superior parietal lobe – significantly improved the accuracy in predicting which PSAs were most effective with this at-risk group.

    But the fMRI scans among low-risk subjects didn’t help improve predictions of which videos participants would find most effective.

    “That’s because low-risk subjects are accurately telling us which messages are most effective with them,” Huskey said.

    “We don’t need fancy technology to figure out which messages work best for people who are at low risk – we can just ask them.”

    This study alone can’t say exactly which messages will work with all people at risk of abusing drugs, Huskey said. In fact, the results suggest that there may be different types of drug users who will respond to different types of messages.

    The important point is that “we found neural evidence that people at risk for drug use are processing these anti-drug messages differently than other viewers,” he said.

    “Some of the follow-up work we’re doing is to better understand the various dimensions that put people at risk of using drugs so we can tailor messages in a more targeted way. This is just the first step in figuring out how to design messages that will be effective in discouraging drug use in these high-risk people.”

    AAAS Public Release: Brain scans may reveal most effective anti-drug messages: High-risk people don’t respond the same as others to PSAs

    Huskey and colleagues should ramp up their fMRI studies to include prohibitionists. Perhaps they can discover why anti-drug crusaders don’t respond to logic, reason or science.

  4. Will says:

    An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane

    “So Little Johnny can put some in the toaster oven and smoke it up.” The remark took the Canadian cannabis Twitterverse by storm, inspiring the hashtag #Toasterbud and widespread mockery.


    #Toasterbud —>HAHAHAHAAA

    • Will says:

      Why is it always Little Johnny? Why are Mid-Size Betty and Hefty Carl always left out of the conversation?

    • jean valjean says:

      Check out the video of Conservative pol Gladu reciting her poem (link towards the end of the article). An anal-retentive housewife if ever I saw one.

      • Will says:

        Yeah, it’s strangely unsettling to watch a dork behave so proudly about their dorkiness. Kevin Sabet has whined that prohibitionists are often mocked and disparaged. Well, watching that video should explain to him why. I do like the quote from Craig Jones of NORML Canada at the end of the article;

        “Unfortunately, we will always have fearmongers to contend with,” Jones tells me. “Fortunately, they will always be wrong.”

        You are correct sir.

        • jean valjean says:

          Mold, drugged driving, save the chilluns…she pretty much hits all off Kevin’s talking points, but no mention of edibles. She missed a trick there.

  5. DdC says:

    Longtime Washington state
    medical marijuana activist dies
    JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state who went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served, has died at age 74. McKee passed away Nov. 18, said her longtime friend and fellow activist Dale Rogers. He was not certain of the cause. McKee was a fixture at marijuana policy hearings in the Legislature, where she often testified from her wheelchair, sporting a colorful eye patch and accompanied by her service dog. She and her partner, Stich Miller, founded Seattle’s first cannabis co-op, Green Cross Patient Co-Op, in 1993, five years before Washington approved medical marijuana. She had used marijuana to treat debilitating pain…

  6. DdC says:

    “FDA Confirms Psilocybin Reduces Risk Of Mindlessly Following Society’s Rules Like Fucking Lemming”

    The Onion has fun with psychedelic research: *

    ⚇ Employers Are Rethinking Workplace Drug Tests
    to Fill Jobs

    ⚇ An Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics report projects that retail cannabis sales will grow 33% from 2016 to nearly $10 billion this year.

    ⚇ Several National Institutes of Health components announced a funding opportunity to support “elucidate the therapeutic potential of the cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system in the development of mechanism-based therapies for pain.”

    ⚇ How cannabis may affect your running performance.

    ⚇ For the long-distance runner who got caught
    – a 20-year sentence.

  7. Servetus says:

    Bill Maher’s new rules target Republican voters whom he refers to as ‘pillbillies’.

    Trump Addicts:

  8. TRACY says:

    im goin to say ive done a lot misc jobs smokin all day long as time has gone on well drug testing has changed they way you go about gettin a job once u have a job if you do good work quality work show up everyday well most people or companys look the other way

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