It’s Happening: Bill Introduced for Mandatory Drug Tests on Politicians

Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

In April 2015 the National Institute of Drug Abuse acknowledged that cannabis kills cancer cells and dramatically reduces the growth of new brain cancer cells. This was a startling admission, considering that federal government’s position on cannabis retains it as a Schedule 1 drug with “no medical benefit.”

Research has continued despite this roadblock, and now the pharmaceutical industry might actually help overcome government’s stubbornness about cannabis as medicine.

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British company GW Pharmaceuticals has been testing cannabis extracts for the past few years, and now has clinical evidence that certain formulations reduce the mortality rate of people with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a form of brain cancer that typically kills patients within two years. Results of the ‘phase 2 proof of concept study’ were announced Feb. 7.

Combined with temozolomide, the current medication used to treat GBM, patients’ median survival was more than 550 days, compared to 369 days without the cannabis treatment. The CBD (cannabidiol)-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) treatment helped produced an 83 percent one-year survival rate, compared with 53 percent for non-cannabis patients.





West Virginia just joined a number of other states in proposing to drug test welfare recipients, despite studies proving such testing does nothing but waste taxpayer money. So, a legislator in that state devised the ideal counter-measure: mandatory drug testing for lawmakers.

House Delegate Shawn Fluharty has now introduced a bill requiring legislators to be tested for drugs before each voting session — and those who fail would be prohibited from voting and denied pay.

“I think the public expects us to adhere to the rules that we try to legislate,” said Fluharty in an interview with WTRF. “We have 134 people down here and we should be on their dime living within the standards that we implement. There’s no reason we shouldn’t do it.”





While drug testing those who receive welfare was initiated in several states ostensibly hoping to catch users and abusers to kick them off public assistance, thereby saving substantial cash, it hasn’t worked out that way — not even close.

In Arizona, as Anti-Media reported, one person of the 87,000 receiving benefits tested positive for drugs in the first three years after the program’s implementation, saving the state a whopping $560 — but with each drug test estimated by the ACLU to cost $42, the state literally spent over $3,650,000 to save $560.

And as ThinkProgress explained:

“According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population.”

In fact, though the national drug use rate averages 9.4 percent, “the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants” was below 1 percent in all but one state — and its rate was 8.2 percent.





Suspicionless drug testing that had been mandated for applicants to Florida’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, or welfare) was ruled “an unconstitutional violation of the protection against unreasonable government searches” by a District Court in 2013.

Though testing welfare applicants has been proven unconstitutional, baseless, and completely ineffective, Fluharty’s plan to drug test lawmakers whose supposed job is based on service to the populace should, arguably, be standard practice for all politicians, especially considering their history.

In just the past few years, politicians and law enforcement alike have been caught trafficking massive amounts of drugs. Even staunch advocates for the state’s immoral war on drugs have been caught using and distributing cocaine.

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  • Trollhunter

    I’d like to see links to cases involving elected representatives who have been investigated and or charged and convicted of illicit drug use. Not so much doubting the veracity of the authors claim considering the batch of immoral and incompetent Congress Critters roaming the halls of Congress but I’d like to be able to have something to cross reference.

  • Swede760

    Drug Testing before each vote and Breathalyzers at the Doors is what I have been suggesting for Congress for years. How many laws have been Passed by Drunks ready to Pass Out?

  • earl44

    Everyone knows how to get past these unless you blood test on surprise like MLB

  • Wendy

    They try do drug tests it for all people and families that are receiving government money for their food and healthcare. These politicians also getting all their money from the government.

  • Michael Loflin

    THIS WILL NEVER ,EVER, NEVER, EVER HAPPEN. THEY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF FUCKING HYPOCRITES.