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Posted by Dan on May 22, 2000 at 21:59:14:

In Reply to: My thoughts about all this posted by Cori on May 22, 2000 at 03:52:23:

I think the whole issue is completely misunderstood here. Smoking an occasional pot is no big deal. But then you get hired and have to undergo a pre-employment medical. Bummer that the pot residue stays in your body for too long! So, what is one to do?? That is the question.

It is not about being an lying addict or breaking the law until you get caught (I see your point though but it is not an issue HERE), it is about something very simple: you smoke a pot (you now wish you didn't) and you get a job offer. Great! But what about the medical? Well, one has to be real smart about it. Pity that it is difficult to get an all-clear on this one but the guy is not a criminal, he does not require help of the loved ones, etc. I understand the employer's point of view though but these things should be distinguished more carefully: smoking a pot is nothing comparing to ingecting yourself with heroin...

: I am not passing judgement on anyone, either, but where I think you are wrong, is even trying to get around the law. The law is law, and breaking the law ias what makes one a criminal, not the law itself...if you don't take responsibility, you will continue to break the law until you get caught...then what will you say, the law made me do it?
: If you don't like a law, work to change it. but break it and you are the law-breaker.

: Hurting yourself is another way to hurt loved ones, and lying is another. They can sense something wrong, though you think you are hiding it so well. Is all this really worth it? Why not come clean and let loved ones help you quit being so dishonest? I bet you all are worth it to them. even if you don't care about yourself.

: Also, if a doctor is controlling the use of a
: drug(s), that is not considered an addiction...dependency for medical reasons is not a true addiction.

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