Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM
The payroll tax holiday extension just approved by Congress included a controversial rider that allows states to drug test people before giving them the unemployment benefits they already paid for. States needn't have any probable cause for this warrantless search of its citizens' urine, either.
"This policy is a terrible one-two punch to the gut for thousands of struggling Americans. Congress has paired a generous taxpayer subsidy for corporations that drug test with a slap in the face for those struggling to find work, feed their families and keep their homes," said Bill Piper, National Affairs director for the Dug Policy Alliance. "The American people have a right to be upset over being forced to subsidize the violation of their civil liberties, when they try to access a program that they pay for with every paycheck. Drug testing is expensive and ineffective, and distracts from evidence-based policies that actually reduce the problems associated with drug use and misuse. "
But hey, drug testing companies have lobbyists working every day for them in D.C. Unemployed people? Not so much, apparently. And let's be honest, this is about stoners. Weed is the only drug that can show up on a drug test for up to 30 days whereas raging coke/speed/alcohol fiends who abstain for a day or three will pass.