piqaboo wrote:And re the workplace - if your work is affected, its affected. You are judged on that.
If its not affected, who cares if you are using?
I do if the person is flying the airplane I am sitting in or the train, or bus, or cab...etc. etc.
That is the reason I support testing, random or otherwise. And I only support that position with great reluctance. Unfortunately, consistent use had a proven deleterious affect on the users and that translates into deleterious affect on people around them. Now, of course I would be opposed to random checks to see if people have cel phones although consistent use of those devices can also have deleterious consequences, train drivers distracted while texting and plane pilots missing their "targets" while using laptops, etc.
In addition, marijuana is no longer the "harmless" low concentrate THC weed many people remember from the 60s and 70s. The THC content of today's marijuana is 10%, almost tripled from the average of 4% in the 80's. Mellow highs have yielded to THC induced paranoia and other negative effects.
As our lives become more dependent on technology more and more people are placed in positions where mistakes caused by drugs, alcohol or blackberries can have disastrous affect on many people. Frankly, I can't see any other mechanism to minimize potential consequences other than testing