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Political leaders have to get over their cannabis hangups Re Feb. 23 article, “County facing challenges, says leader”: I would dispute the findings of John Thayer, Republican chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. I’m sure that Thayer is troubled by the number of people in our communities who choose to consume cannabis. But I can remember a time when employers rarely imposed drug tests on job seekers. Today, that invasive practice is widely ...


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Will1960
March 2, 2013
9:04 a.m.

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Great letter Mr. Goodwin! As more states opt to legalize marijuana, the politicians will slowly get on board with the public's sentiments concerning the prohibition of pot. The points you raise about the unfairness of drug testing may take longer to correct. Gov. Cuomo resistance to pass even is medical marijuana bill is proof that he still supports the old school position that he will be viewed as soft-on-crime if he does the sensible thing of passing such a bill. If 18 other states have figured out how to implement MM, why can't New York State?

Until the federal ban that identifies pot as a schedule I drug is lifted, we must point out and put pressure on our elected officials' antiquated reefer madness views while supporting those leaders who have the courage and common sense to put forth legislation to end this ridiculous and draconian policy.

wmarincic
March 2, 2013
10:16 a.m.

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Lawrence Goodwin, there are drug tests because if an employee is in a car accident with a company vehicle and somebody dies. They do a urinalisis and they are positive for canibinoids (marijuana). Guess who gets the multi million dollar lawsuit? The company. If the drug is illegal and you are using it, you are breaking the law and you are at risk of not getting a job or losing a job or going to jail. Thats life.

jjhehir
March 2, 2013
11:03 a.m.

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There are fundamentally two ways to cut the federal budget: the smart way and the stupid way. The feds have chosen the stupid way. But, keep your eye on the ball, the budget is being cut.

Will1960
March 2, 2013
12:02 p.m.

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Wmarincic,

The only case in the Capital Region where an employee drove a company car and killed someone while driving drunk was George Donnelly who killed Michele Martin in 1982. The company(In this case NY State) Mr. Donnelly worked for was never penalized and he was sentenced to 5 to 15 years. Give me an example or show me the law the supports your claim that a compnay is liable when one of their drivers tests positive for drugs after crashing the company vehicle.

louisdearaujo
March 2, 2013
2:44 p.m.

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Excellent letter by Mr. Gene Whitney, regarding the use of OT to boost a state pension. It's just wrong. Wonder how the Governor feels on this issue, that costs the state tax payers year after year, even when the state worker has long retired.

wmarincic
March 2, 2013
3:52 p.m.

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will1960 we recently fired a person who was delivering for our company and was pulled over for smoking a joint. This person put our company and 110 employees at risk.
http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/files/M...
Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Traffic Crashes and Deaths

A meta-analysis was conducted using nine epidemiological studies of motor vehicle collisions that measured recent cannabis use and also included control groups. Experimental and simulation studies were excluded.

The results indicated that driving under the influence of cannabis was associated with a 92% increased risk of vehicular crashes. Important is the fact that such driving was associated with a 110% increase in fatal crashes.

It appears that the public is generally unaware of the significant risk of marijuana use to trafic accidents and deaths.

We have made great strides in reducing alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities. We must continue doing so. But we must also be direct our preventive efforts to additional major causes of vehicular deaths, including marijuana use and cell phone use.

gazettereader
March 2, 2013
4:02 p.m.

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Would you also fire anyone caught eating while driving, since it causes more accidents than marijuana? http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/eati...

Will1960
March 2, 2013
5:34 p.m.

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We live in a society that encourages its citizens to drink on every ocassion while the alcohol industry spends billions to promote its product as healthy, cool and seductive. The only education most people get about alcohol are the misleading commercials that tout its virtues. Marijuana is the big red herring to distract the public from the dangers of alcohol. Why do you suppose the alcohol industry for many years has been one of the biggest contributers to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America? For every impaired driver arrested for pot, how many dozens of DWIs do you read about in the media?

muggy
March 3, 2013
7:22 a.m.

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Just for the record. Sequestration is a reduction in INCREASES. Only in Washington can you call a reduction in a scheduled increase, a cut. And if sequestration is raising such a stink, just wait until the end of March and the real battle to raise the debt ceiling. We forget that Obama (and Bush before him) raised the "baseline spending" of the U.S. government by over $1.2 trillion dollars. Obama used the lure of providing a one time "stimulus" to the U.S. economy. But people tend to forget that the "one-time" $800 billion dollars is embedded into all future budgets. So it was not a one-time expenditure. It raised the baseline spending of the U.S. in perpetuity. I suppose no one would propose a reset to 2008 spending levels. Even that wouldn't be a cut. It would mark a return to previous spending levels. We have lost the language. A reduction in an increase is now called a cut, when spending actually goes up. Crazy. Reality will soon hit us. Hard.

robbump
March 4, 2013
5:33 p.m.

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Marijuana is illegal because it's bad.
It's bad, 'cause it's illegal!
Time for that old dog to stop chasing its tail!

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