The War on Drugs continues. What’s now under fire is your unemployment check, welfare, or food stamps. Proposed legislation will cut you off from your “last hope” line of income if you fail random drug screening. No mention of whether bank executives will be subjected to a piss test before getting their next billion dollars.
The problem with this plan is two-fold:
- The premise that people will stop doing drugs so that they continue to receive their money is flawed. Drugs are addictive. If you could just stop because you realize it’s in your best interest to do so, we wouldn’t have such a drug problem in the first place.
- The sentiments fueling this legislation (“not with my money” and “this isn’t going to hurt anybody who isn’t doing drugs”) ignore the fact that these people need money. And they WILL get it. If you cut them off from legitimate sources of income, they will turn to crime. Arguing that these laws wouldn’t hurt me is not going to carry much weight when I’m bleeding out from a chest wound as a drug addict makes off with my wallet.