Pubdate: Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Source: Las Vegas Sun (NV)
Copyright: 2016 Las Vegas Sun, Inc
Author: Nicholas Gartner


I do not use marijuana, I made a decision more than 30 years ago to 
not use drugs or alcohol. Having said that, I believe certain drugs 
should be legalized if for no other reason than alcohol is legal.

The problem I find is this: How do you test to assure that people who 
show up for work are not impaired? With alcohol it is simple; you 
blow into a machine, and if you are impaired you go home. Marijuana 
is different. The THC stays in your system for weeks, if not months. 
So if you are at a party Saturday night and you smoke, how do you 
prove you did not ingest these substances on your way to work Monday?

Having worked in construction for more than 40 years, I have seen the 
bad that can happen when workers show up for work under the 
influence. If there is a way to make sure that anyone who chooses to 
put their fellow co-workers at risk can be sent home, then by all 
means, let's make it possible for those who want to use pot instead 
of alcohol to do so. If you cannot assure this is the case, we will 
have to wait until technology makes it so.

Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
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