by Cherokee Jack
CJ writes a great comment, but it is so poignant I had to move it to the front page….
Jack; Like you, I have a libertarian leaning that says people should be able to do whatever they wish with their own bodies, as long as taxpayer money isn’t used to clean up their messes. But, life and our present society won’t let us have our way.
Along with the opioids, I believe some different problems, maybe not as serious, connected with legalized pot, are beginning to show up more often.
We’re all familiar with the fast food cashier who can’t make change if the computer is down. We usually give the credit for that to our modern progressive educational system. Lately, I’ve been having similar experiences with employees a little higher on the technical ladder. I’ve been seeing problems with delivery truck drivers, technical equipment salesmen, and technical equipment installers. Without getting too specific, I’m seeing them unable to solve simple logistical problems and not able to complete their jobs satisfactorily.
I’m not saying they’re coming to work stoned, but the one thing pot advocates don’t mention is that with prolonged recreational use, memory and coherent thought is still numbed down long after the high is gone. I believe drug testing is required now for critical services like commercial pilots and surgeons, but there are a lot of service related jobs without testing that we deal with regularly. We don’t want to infringe on their civil rights, so I guess we just need to learn to expect less for our money.
In some cases of numbed minds, like comments from Libby, we just have to plan on expecting minor irrational interruptions.