Slowly but surely, the Fed seems to be getting serious about calling off The War on Drugs. And perhaps having learned something from Bush on the nature of failed wars, they seem to have found something of an exit strategy here. Namely, baby steps, and calling off the universal jihad on that most harmless of drugs, marijuana.
On Tuesday, the Washington D.C. council unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Councilmember Vincent Orange, who doesn’t look anything near like the Sesame Street character his name would suggest. Orange said that job applicants shouldn’t have to worry about losing out on opportunities just because they’d smoked a marijuana cigarette at some point while they were unemployed. Especially since, thanks largely to Barry Hussein and Lawless Holder, possession of pot is now legal in the city pending Congressional review.
Which may be bad, come January.
The bill bans employers from testing applicants for pot until they’ve made a conditional job offer. It’s not as sweeping as some would prefer, since employers can still test after making the offer and during employment. But it does codify an important first step in helping the reefer find its place in the employment qualification process.
This bill is a local D.C. law, so it doesn’t directly affect anywhere outside of D.C. or federal contractors. But you can bet that any law passed in the nation’s capitol will have an influence on laws passed elsewhere. And congressmen must be thrilled, considering how much talk there’s been of drug-testing them.
No, it’s not a sweeping mandate on ending Richard Nixon’s failed Global War on Drugs, which is currently costing taxpayers about $41 billion a year. Over its 50-year history, The Most Pointless War Ever has also cost roughly twice as much as George W. Bush’s (minimum) seven-year war in Iraq. And that’s just domestically — your guess is as good as anyone else’s on the cost of foreign military actions like the invasion of Panama in 1989.
Never doubt the value of a good exit strategy.