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View Poll Results: Should people be required to submit to a drug screen before receiving unemployment benefits or welfa
Yes 118 65.19%
No 63 34.81%
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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ABSOLUTELY! The only reason though is because 99% of the time you cant get a new job if you are taking drugs, most employers will test you. If you are dumb enough to be doing drugs while on an employment search it will severely reduce your chances of being hired, so its almost as if you aren't really looking for employment.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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ABSOLUTELY! The only reason though is because 99% of the time you cant get a new job if you are taking drugs, most employers will test you. If you are dumb enough to be doing drugs while on an employment search it will severely reduce your chances of being hired, so its almost as if you aren't really looking for employment.
Really? 99%??? That's pretty weird, seeing as I've been working for 20+ years and have NEVER been asked for a drug test... where do you live, exactly?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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Really? 99%??? That's pretty weird, seeing as I've been working for 20+ years and have NEVER been asked for a drug test... where do you live, exactly?
Well, 99% might be a stretch, but I've been working for 17+ years and have had to take a drug test for each and every employer.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Well, 99% might be a stretch, but I've been working for 17+ years and have had to take a drug test for each and every employer.
Must depend on your industry and state, then, because I've never had to take one... maybe that's why I like California so much, LOL.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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P.S. I smoke pot with a medical prescription, and it hasn't stood in my way of finding (or keeping) employment... I've been laid off due to budget cuts, and quit a few jobs for various reasons, but never has the pot been a contributing factor. In fact, I'm smoking a bowl as we "speak," and yet I'm gainfully employed at a professional job. Hmmmmm.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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Must depend on your industry and state, then, because I've never had to take one... maybe that's why I like California so much, LOL.
Well I've been at the same employer for *almost* 10 years, so I could say I have not been tested for work for 10 years...its all how you position it, but lets just say the majority of companies DO require a drug test upon hiring.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:28 PM
 
Location: California
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Pot is really too common to be tested for most jobs. CSR, office work...who give a damn?

I've never been tested for drugs. I was tested for TB once.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:34 PM
 
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Yes.
I have to on my job, my job pays for those benefits.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Pot is really too common to be tested for most jobs. CSR, office work...who give a damn?
I know, huh?! I'm a librarian, and don't see how smoking pot (after work) could possibly affect my ability to order books, write grants, help patrons, etc. Somehow I've managed to work effectively, AND finish a Master's Degree, all while being a casual evening/weekend smoker. People drink on their time off, so how is this any different? Until they add alcohol to these tests, I call shenanigans.

Funny story - Once I had to spend the night at a co-worker's house, since I lived 50mi away & we had an early meeting... I was wondering if I'd be able to "use my medicine" that evening, and planned on either refraining or going to my car. So I get to her house around dinner time, and as soon as we're done eating, her husband pulls out a joint and asks "wanna smoke this with me?" Guess I didn't have to worry!

Point being, it's incredibly common even among professionals, especially when you live in a tolerant state like CA. They're currently trying to get it off the drug testing list (at least for medical patients), but that's been an uphill battle thus far. Lame.

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I've never been tested for drugs. I was tested for TB once.
I've been tested for TB at a few jobs, since I worked directly with children at a school (or after-school program). But no drug tests yet, and it's rare to see that as a requirement for hiring in my field... and to be perfectly honest, in the few occasions where I have seen that in the job description, I simply decided not to apply. Partly because I didn't know how I'd pass, as it stays in your system for months - also because I figured that's not a place I'd be comfortable working.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:39 PM
 
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Until they add alcohol to these tests, I call shenanigans.
And tobacco. I love this!
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