Washington State in America has made the purchase of recreational marijuana legal, following the lead of Arizona. Both states are now raking in the tax revenue and everybody’s happy.
We are seeing more effort and money put into rehabilitating drug users, and less going into enforcement. This is an improvement. But of course the war on drugs had a very heavy economic component. Lots of people were making money off fighting the “crime” of drug use. That economic activity must be replaced by something if our economy isn’t going to tank. Enter the rehab industry.
It’s just a cynical as the war on drugs was, maybe more so. If you have a job that is thought to require a clear mind, which could be just about any job, then you must never admit to having even tried drugs. Ever. Not even once. Because if you admit that you once tried drugs, you become suspect. Next thing you know you’ll be paying for drug testing every week to make sure you are not currently using. That can get expensive. That can get VERY expensive.
Here’s a link to a British Columbia drug testing company, CDS Drug Testing SErvices of B C, Inc. If you follow that link you will see that this company has more ways than one to make a buck. They offer reasonable suspicion training or how to recognize employees who likely to be using, and employee assistance programs, read rehab. Some of these costs will be born by employers, but often the employer can insist that the employee pay for his or her testing, which can go on for months. All it takes is reasonable suspicion, and you gave them that by being honest and admitting that you smoked weed back in university.
Some of this makes a certain amount of sense. We don’t want stoners driving our taxis or working in our hospitals. But the reality is that a joint the night before at a party is not going to fuck you up for your next shift the following morning. It will show up in a blood test though, and that could get you suspended or fired.
The world is making adjustments to the more tolerant and intelligent attitudes toward drug use, especially soft drug use. But what is really happening is that the white businessmen are planning on making a shitload of money doing what they have been putting poor black kids in jail for, and at the same time catching the recreational drug users in the rehab system.
The war on drugs isn’t really over. It’s just shifted to a war on drug users. Grab some popcorn and sit back to watch, because this is going to get interesting.