By Madison Ruppert | End the Lie
Florida has become the first state in the America to allow public employees to be randomly tested for a wide variety of drugs, thanks to the Florida legislature and Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott.
The glaring problem with this legislation – which was promoted by Governor Scott who actually co-founded Solantic, a company that runs a chain of some 32 urgent care centers, which we will get into later in this article – is that all elected officials are exempt from the law.
When similar legislation aimed at forcing the drug testing of welfare recipients (something Governor Scott also pushed for in Florida) was proposed in Indiana, some astute legislators amended the bill to include elected officials as well. Unsurprisingly, the bill was thrown out post haste.
Therefore, if you want to do mounds of cocaine and hold a taxpayer-funded job, you’d better get elected to some government position; otherwise you’re liable to get your urine tested.
I must point out, however, that the law does not require that state agencies drug test employees, it merely allows such activities.
It allows state agencies to randomly test up to 10% of their employees every three months for illicit drugs, prescription drugs and even alcohol, according to Noel Brinkerhoff with AllGov.
However, how they will test for alcohol is unclear to me, as most tests require the subject to have consumed alcohol recently, meaning it would likely only catch people who were actually drinking on the job.
On the other hand, some illegal substances like cannabis can remain in the system for quite a while but other illegal drugs like methamphetamine and others pass relatively quickly.
Unfortunately, the people of Florida have not been very vocal on this issue, especially the fact that such tests will usually catch people who smoke marijuana, but not others who use much more dangerous drugs which rapidly pass through the system.
Personally, I couldn’t care less if my mailman or the person at my local Department of Motor Vehicles smoke some cannabis. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d be a bit more concerned if these people were smoking crack, methamphetamine, or PCP.
Thankfully some civil libertarians are speaking out publicly against this move, which hopefully will not spread like a cancer to other states.
“People are always in favor of locking up miscreants, and, despite our constitutional legal traditions, there’s always a lot to be reaped from the argument that if you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about,” Colin Gordon, a labor historian at the University of Iowa, told The Christian Science Monitor.
Gordon is correct and this fallacious logic is applied to just about everything our tyrannical government does these days. Notably, this is evoked when issues surrounding the complete lack of internet privacy and privacy in general, come up.
The law goes into effect July 1 but it does not include funding for the drug testing. This means that the agencies that choose to test their employees will have to make budget cuts somewhere in order to free up the funds.
So, why has Governor Scott been pushing for so long to get drug tested implemented in his state?