Pubdate: Sun, 6 Jan 2008
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2008 Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Tim Meehan
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor


Re: Mindelle Jacobs's Friday column. While the oilpatch is cheering
because harmless marijuana users can now be booted off the job, no one
has considered the unintended side effects of banning off-duty
marijuana use. As seen in the U.S., most drug users subjected to
testing switched to cocaine and meth from marijuana. Pot stays in your
system up to three months, while one can use crack on a Friday night
and test clean on Monday. This ruling will do nothing except increase
hard drug use in rural workplaces. Anyone who thinks a crack cocaine
or meth user is more desirable than a casual marijuana smoker on a
work site needs to have their head examined.

Tim Meehan

(Jacobs favours random drug testing.) 
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