Pubdate: Fri, 09 Apr 2010
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)
Copyright: 2010 Battle Creek Enquirer
Author: Floyd Krautner


Re: "Medical marijuana firing debated," March 28.

The whole logic behind prohibiting marijuana on the job  is to insure 
that employees are capable of doing their  jobs safely. A drug test 
does not answer the question  of whether a worker can function safely.

A fairer way of preventing problems would be to  administer a 
performance test. If an employee fails the  test, he/she goes home 
for the day. If they show up  impaired on a regular basis, then fire them.

Marijuana causes so little interference with  performance that road 
driving studies show that stoned  drivers are actually safer drivers 
than teetotalers.

A simple roadside inebriation test can instantly show  if a person is impaired.

Tests that indicate marijuana use that might have  occurred weeks 
earlier are fraudulent.

The bottom line is that marijuana causes no serious  impairment. 
("Incidence and Role of Drugs in Fatally  Injured Drivers K W 
Terhune, 1992 p. 100)

Floyd Krautner

Bakersfield, Calif.
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