Despite the criminals behind the Flint Michigan water fiasco being free, the state of Michigan has been targeting the “real criminals,” recreational marijuana users. Arrests for the possession and use of marijuana have sharply increased 17% between 2008-2014 according to state police. Surprisingly, this increase in arrests relating to marijuana comes at the same time that total arrests for all crime fell 15%. This means that two-thirds of all drug arrests were related to marijuana in 2014, and 86% of those arrests were simple possession charges.
These numbers are astonishing considering 74% of Michigan residents under 30 years of age and 51% of residents over 60 support ending the cannabis prohibition.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.