Now my partner's son's workplace has regular random drug testing and there's no way it's not a good thing no matter what the young guys say about it cramping their style on the weekends
Whist I agree alcohol and drug testing is fantastic, both on the roads and for work. The way its done isn't working. Or I should I say, isn't working like it should.
I have two friends who work on the mines who are cannabis uses and other friend who was a heavy cannabis user who drives excavators in Sydney.
One of the mine guys is fine for low THC in his test. (he smokes on his off week) and has been sacked for failing the drug test for a previous mining company on a low THC reading. The company he now works for is a little lenient. One uses synthetic urine for his on test as he has to be 0. They both say that the use of ice and that type of drug escalated hugely with the advent of drug testing as workers can use it on their off days and be clean as a whistle come on test. It doesn't hang around the system like Cannabis by the sounds of it.
My Excavator friend is now a heavy user of Synthetic cannabis as it doesn't show up on a test. Its really bad stuff. Really bad for you and could not be good for work place health and Safety as its very strong and who knows what chemicals and crap goes into each batch.
None of these guys drink.
We have a pretty accurate reading of blood alcohol and what society thinks is an acceptable limit (as a drinker I think.08 would of been better like It was supposed to be, but that's neither here or there). We all know we can have a few beers after work and be fine to drive or work the next day and have a 0 reading.
The Cannabis test does not work like this. From what I'm told someone can have a joint after work and could well test positive on a saliva test the next day. On a urine test for at least 3 days, longer if they smoke regularly.
There needs to be a better way of testing, a fairer way and a way that doesn't encourage people to use worse drugs. Especially so with medical cannabis becoming a reality.