Victims Of Marijuana Prohibition: A Soldier's Wry Observations

NORML introduces a few new regular blog items for 2010:
-Letters From The Victims Of Marijuana Prohibition
-NORML’s Reefer Madness Du Jour
Who Do I Want To Smoke A Joint With And Why?
NORML is in constant contact with thousands of victims of cannabis prohibition on a weekly basis. The organization is flooded with calls, letters and emails from citizens ill-effected by cannabis prohibition laws, from getting arrested and going to prison to civil forfeiture, child custody, revocation of drivers license, removal of student loans and workplace drug testing.
Below is a prime, firsthand account of how what appears to be a minor cannabis offense can seriously impair a person’s ability to live the most productive and prosperous life possible because they chose to relax with cannabis, as compared to alcohol.
The soldier below, who got busted in what is technically speaking a decriminalized state for cannabis possession, aptly points out the hypocrisy of the government to hire him into the National Guard and Army, but, because of a minor cannabis bust years ago, he still can’t get a minimum wage job in corporate retail big box stores. These same corporate brand names often claim to support and honor the men and women who serve in the military.

It would be one thing if the government’s war on cannabis consumers was actually effective, or that when citizens were busted in the prohibition they’d repent, defer to the government’s rationale for the prohibition laws and necessarily feel good about the taxing and stressful experience. There is no correlation to greater number of arrests equating to less cannabis use. Instead, since 1965, 20 million citizens in America come out on the backside of an interaction with prohibition laws and typically develop less respect for authority and the government, and perceive police as adversaries rather than public servants. It makes them jaded about the words and promise of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. It makes some citizens on the fringes developing an anti-government attitude so strident that they advocate violent revolt.
Why is any of this good in a democracy that relies on trust, respect and fidelity to basic institutions, institutions founded in America’s basic values, largely rationality and reason?
NORML thanks SPC Hunt, and hundreds of thousands of men and women in America’s armed forces, for making great sacrifice and taking risks to keep the country as safe as it can be.
Cannabem liberemus and godspeed Specialist Hunt!

To whom it may concern:
My name is SPC L. D. Hunt.  I am 28 years old, a loving husband, and very proud father of an amazingly smart little boy.  I am also currently in Iraq.  I am writing to you in hopes that maybe my story can help motivate some of you to continue the fight you are bravely acting out in on behalf of the American people.
In May 2002 I was arrested in Brunswick county, NC for possession of less than one half ounce of marijuana.  At the time I was in my care in a private area but I was unaware of laws at the time dealing with search warrants, etc.  The police officer who arrested me drilled the hell out of me. Questioning me and making subtle threats against myself and my occupants, I agreed for him to search me personally. I told him of the bags and the bowl in my pockets and he promptly put me in cuffs and began to tear my car apart.  After the search I was taken to the magistrates office and booked.  I was given a court date and told to return.  The cute part about that was when I was getting out of the police car, the bags were on the center console and when the officer got out, his elbow knocked one of the bags down into the floor between the seat and the console.  When I informed him of what happened, he told me “not to worry about it”…
A few weeks later came my court date.  I went to court to represent myself, ready to accept whatever punishment they were going to give me.  I told the judge in a very professional manner of my mistake and my willingness to go along with the sentencing.  I was given a $100.00 fine and 1 year of unsupervised probation.  When I received the judgement I breathed a sigh of relief thinking that the worst part was over, when in fact, it was just beginning.
I consider myself a good worker, especially in terms of customer relations in sales positions.  I was also working on getting back into college and moving on with my life.  But it became quickly apparent that nearly all employers would not hire me. Target, Walmart, and many other places wanted nothing to do with me, all while I watched them hire people with felonies and much harsher police records on them.  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how minding my own business and using such a small amount of plant material could cost me worse treatment than a car thief or someone with an assault record.  To this day I still can’t figure the logic in it. Needless to say this affected my finances very quickly.
The next few years proved to be extremely trying as the only work I could get were at construction and jobs I had no experience in and I was not good in.  I felt like I was forced into a position that made me constantly searching for new work as with that industry in NC the amount of work available was dependent on my employer’s success at acquiring new contracts.  This did not bode well for trying to pay bills, go to college, and keep a healthy relationship with my wife.
In 2005 things came to an extremely bad climax and I was without work, none was available, and there was nowhere among the dozens of job applications I put in that would give me a second thought due to my conviction.  All but one.  And it was the one place I laughed at the thought of being hired:  The North Carolina National Guard.  The decision to join wasn’t very hard when I found out that with a simple letter I could be approved to put my life at risk for my country. Once again I wondered about the ethical and moral stance that places like Walmart, Target, and the other giant companies took when it came to hiring.  How could I be rejected at a Walmart or a McDonalds and be hired in an instant by the US government?  When the paperwork was over I was among the newest of the NCNG’s medics.  I chose that job since I figured it would be a great career path and it allowed me to help stop my brothers and sisters from dying.  As a medic I knew I could make a difference.
After I completed my training and returned home I was immediately put on the Katrina relief duty and worked extremely hard, trying to earn the respect of my fellow soldiers, which I can proudly say I did. I recieved an award for my service there and I still work with that ethic in mind.  I thought once again that due to my hard efforts to make myself into a better person, those put in a position to judge me would see those efforts and be proud to hire a US soldier.  I was wrong.  Very wrong.
I was thrust back into the same position I was in before I joined. I almost regretted joining the Guard since it was temporary, I talked with my superiors about going into active service but talk of a deployment was in the air.  And the lady who stood beside me and supported me through all this was hesitant to see me join as she did not want me to go off like this, but she knew it was something I had to do.  So I held onto the thought of being deployed with my unit and the men and women who became like a second family to me.  Weeks turned into months, and they in turn, into years.  I fought extremely hard to get whatever work I could until I ran into a manager who worked at a local Pizza Hut who did not do background checks and just ignored it when I told her of my record.  So there I was, a US soldier, now working part time at a fast food chain.  I couldn’t get a job as an EMT with the Brunswick county government due to my record either.  The government’s double standards were hurting me indeed.
Fast forward to 2008.  I was finally being deployed.  I had months before hand to keep working so I decided I needed a second job.  I figured it had been 6 years and I was in great standing with the national guard so an employer would understand and hopefully have a spot for me.  I went to a local Walmart again that was having trouble keeping employees, I went in dressed in a full business suit and told them directly, I wanted a managers position.  I know I could drive sales, I know I could be an extremely valuable asset to a company like that.  The store manager was eager to hire me.  That is, until the corporate level called and told them absolutely not, that there was no chance they would hire me.  So here I was, a medic with the Army, with a wife and a child on the way, forced into a spot to work whatever odd jobs I could find and forced to move in with my parents because I simply could not do anything working for $7.00 an hour part time.  I was not allowed to go active because of stop loss for my unit.  With the help of my family I finally made it to active status when our time to train was here.
Now at the end of 2009 I have confirmed that my conviction should be off my record by now and it should not pose a problem with any more hiring.  I don’t count on that one.  I have moved to Rhode Island with my wife where I plan on using my training to join an EMT unit while I go to school for an RN degree, and eventually a PA as I have been told by several Drs now that my talent for health care is extremely good.
To this day I still laugh that these vicious groups attacking marijuana have done so much damage.  I hope they are proud that the have helped to make a US soldier out to be a monster despite being the man responsible for the medical supplies of 1000 troops, has ran dozens of missions outside our base in support of Iraqi Freedom, has helped to save the lives of soldiers and Iraqis, and has time and time again earned awards from the Army due to my service.  I am proud of my service.  I love my country.  I am extremely blessed to have the chance to do what I do.  But despite all the support my country says it has, it casts a blind eye on me at the same time.  It worries me, it keeps me up at night.  But I can’t help it.  My life was ruined because of a $10.00 bag of marijuana that I was going to use and then watch a movie in the privacy of my own home.
Please continue to do the great work you do.  Maybe one day we can prevent cases like mine and others.  These insane groups think they are doing the country a favor and yet they are doing nothing short of alienating people and forcing them to lead lives that they should not be forced into.  Big companies such as Walmart, Target, Dillards, and many others preach constantly about how much they support our soldiers and yet would not give me the time of day because I stood up and admitted to having a very small bag of pot in my pocket.  Not a selling charge, not doing anything reckless, just minding my own business and trying to enjoy myself.  To me, that is a disgusting way of doing business.  I feel they should remove their constant statements of support for the troops until they realize what their policies actually DO to some of the soldiers.  I know I am not the only soldier in the military with past drug charges. In fact, I know most of my medical platoon at some point has done drugs, and we avidly support the legalization of marijuana.  If it was legal we would still do it, but when we relax and hang out together the only thing we have is alcohol and we see what that does to a person’s body and mind…
It’s a shame.
In closing, thank you for your time, if you feel like sharing my story with others, that’s fine.  I can only pray that it helps to prevent these things from happening again.  I love my country but I hate the fact that so many feel it’s necessary to take away our freedoms and lie to keep up their efforts at turning innocent people and soldiers into outcasts.  Please keep up the good fight, I will continue to pray for NORML and all those involved with it.
God Bless,
SPC L. D. Hunt
1-120th Archangel Medics
FOB Mahmudiyah, Iraq

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  1. i honorably served in the US. Air Force. Right before being discharged they gave me a drug test. i failed miserably. no alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, or anything of the sort was found in my body, only THC…
    i was kicked out with out treatmen (not that i needed it. i smoke cannabis the entire almost 4 years i was in with NOOOOOOO PROBLEMS. i was even very decorated, deployed, educated and traveled. i did everything people going into the military SAYING they’re going to do…
    i got out in august of 2006 and have not been able to get a job since. i am now 26 years old, am very skilled, have not worked in 3 years, and cannot get a job because i use cannabis instead of things as small and dangerous tylenol.
    i didn’t do anything wrong and i am tired of being treated like a criminal…

  2. I lost my military career due to smoking marijuana as a civilian before I re-enlisted back in ’82…see, prior to ’80 or ’81, THC couldn’t be detected or rather wasn’t tested for like it is in today’s age…AND…to be really honest…serving our country was a party…but I can relate to SPC Hunt’s story …I also was a corpsman…and since being stationed in the middle east during quieter times…all of 1971…I had the opportunity to smoke some very fine hash as my introduction into the stoner community…today’s marijuana is OUTSTANDING…
    Keep smoking…Puff…Puff…

  3. this story is sad but true. people are more negatively affected by cannabis laws and policy than by the actually plant itself, if at all.

  4. How can anyone trust a government like this? It has been run by the global elete and corporate fascist for over 100 years.Thomas Jefferson advocated revolution in times like these, but our gov is too powerful for that to happen unless the milatary joins in. Part of the problem is the capitolist mindset, where anything that helps the people is demonized as “socialist”, as if it were evil. Funny most would call themselves Christian and Jesus was the first hippie and advocated a socialist system. We need to forget the old ways and created something new. I for one like the model drawn up by the people at the venus project and if we are to evolve as a specis it will take something like that to do it.

  5. as I was on active duty as a marine it was viewed as normal to drink heavily in fact the few people that didnt drink were looked at as weird.They wouldnt want a soldier to possibly expand their minds with an herb,they might just realize the death of their brothers died for bs reasons.I love our service members dont take it the wrong way i just think these wars are stupid

  6. It amazes me how the military is applauded sometimes, and then demonized at others. As a current active duty soldier, I assure you that a majority of the military has, at one time or another, done some dope. I can’t understand the companies that won’t hire weed smokers, I know at my job I was the top employee, with the adjective ‘Super’ before my name. Even in the military I have been promoted more quickly than others. Sure, there are some who smoke or what not that are garbage, but then there are also those who don’t do any type of intoxicating substance and are trash individuals. When will the day come that we evaluate a person on the basis of their performance and not their score on a drug ‘test?’

  7. So after reading all these posts , do anyone see it yet? We are all crinimals in their eyes, not just tokers..everyone. Cage or leash?

  8. After my End of Active service, I moved here to Rhode Island with my wife and I can see how very evident that we need more people with military background to come forward and address this issue. I was never forced into a path where the military would be my only option as an income. I think it’s important to know I had never even tried weed, I had a strong belief against because just the way i was raised. so I had no problem getting into the Marines. Before Iraq I was never a person to drink, but when I got back I did. Bad idea because I had no control of my actions nor does it help any returning veteran. Long story short, I’ve been out 15 months now. Two tours, war vet, Honorable discharge. Alcohol I’ve found doesn’t work, I’ve done my homework, Marijuana helps me. I rarely drink and only for occasions. I am now strongly adamant about our returning veterans being able to get real help and stop trying to give us pharmaceutical drugs and pushing people towards alcohol. However I’m not dismissing people who really need important medications. I too love my country and have fought for our freedoms, I can’t draw the line because, I swore to fight foreign and domestic and it looks like a little both with the drug cartels and all.
    Semper FI
    LCpl D. L. Adams

  9. yup….it’s true. The Corporatist economic system was highly favored by Fascist Germany/Italy back in the ww2 days……wikipedia it………

  10. I to am a combat vet (Iraq 91)… College educated with a Environmental Degree .. I joined the Army right out of high school and was sent to Iraq. Coming home with ptsd was first ingrored by the VA. Moved to CA and growing medical mj to help with my issues really helped me deal with life. My biggest issues came when I sent my bud back east and sold some to my friends. The feds busted me and I now am facing 37 to 46 months for distribution and money structuring. About the same time I spent on active duty… now I’m a soldier in Jah Army!!!

  11. Norml I have asked you guys in the past, to help the people out in Arkansas. I hoped that you heard what are wonderful AG. said today, by take of the 2010 ballot Medical Cannabis. I wrote him a letter to thank him for letting out the Sex Offenders and put people in prison who suffer form MS like myself. I told him that the Doctors and Pt’s needed to come to that dicssion. Not lawerys,police officers and the court system. So now my ass may end up in prison. So when in the hell NORML will get off of your ass and help the good folks of Arkansas to get the meds they need, every time I have ask of you it fell upon deaf ears. So when will you get off your ass and help us out. I know Arkansas is a small state compared to CO,CA and WA. So when can you contact me. Thank You!
    [Editor’s note: Get off our asses? Maybe you don’t realize that freedom is not won by non-profit organizations in Washington, DC. Freedom is largely won or loss by local stakeholders. Want to have some of the same liberties in CA, CO, WA, etc…? Then Arkansas citizens need to better organize, educate and finance winning ballot initiatives, supportive politicos, lobbying efforts, etc…just like stakeholders have largely done in the western states in favor of reform.]

  12. All it takes is 1 “drug” arrest and your done,like the article says wall-mart wont even hire you ,but your good enough to get shot at for the American poeple.This is a country full of hipocrisy and double standards.

  13. Ever since I was 6 I wanted to be a United States Marine, the uniform was what started it, as I grew older I wanted nothing more than to serve my country and be a Marine. In High school I kinda got out of that idea, it was the 80’s I had a mullet:-) and I smoked pot with my buddies(occasionally) I graduated in 92′ moved to North Carolina to be near my mom and Grandmother whom was dying. After my Grandmother died my mothers brothers gathered around me to pitch their branch of military to me, long story short I finally chose the Marines; I called the recruiter, told the truth(cuz that’s what I was taught to do) and received a “waiver” for my pot usage and was on my merry way. After boot camp I was sent to Okinawa Japan for my first duty station where they gave me my first drug test(which came back positive because of a joint that I smoked on leave) You would have thought I had murdered the commandant, I was read my rights, then put on intense probation, loss of rank, no alcohol, loss of pay, barracks restriction, and 2 hours of extra duty all for 30 days, plus I had to go to Narcotics anonymous where I was with a group of coke heads(oh and I had to take a drug test twice a week for 4 weeks, just to make sure) The guys in my platoon had different views on what I did; some(quit a few actually thought it was no big deal because they all did it too when they went home on leave. Others however thought it was the worst thing I could do and that I should be locked up or worse that I should go to hell for smoking weed. Well I went in front of my Commander and was given the option of staying in or getting out, needless to say I picked going home; screw you if you’ll keep coke heads alcoholics and even thugs but want to give me hell over smoking a plant that God put here for us to use. I miss the Corps almost every day and yes I could have stayed in but if the treatment by my platoon mates was any indication of how I was to be treated; well who wants 4 + years of that?(oh ya I almost forgot I talked to one guy in my platoon that had A brother in the Army who would do acid on the weekends with his buddies because it wouldn’t show up on a pee test.) So as far as I’m concerned the Marines can take their zero tolerance policy and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  14. I used to work as an oil refinery operator, a job I enjoyed and was very good at, until I backed a company van into a pole in the parking lot.I was drug tested and failed for marijuana.I was fired and blacklisted from being hired from ALL OIL COMPANIES. I went from making 130 000 a year to about 30 000 now. , working at the local hospital running the boilers and building systems.What saddens me is that many of my fellow operators I worked with at the refinery were alcoholics and would come in smelling like booze and laughing about still being drunk from the previous night even joking with my boss about it.Yet I get the boot out the door because I smoke a joint before bed to get a good sleep for the next day.Sickening.FUCK YOU EXXON MOBIL

  15. Anthony, I used to work for a welding company and there was a guy that got drunk every night. He would come in so trashed that he would vomit in his trash can every single morning, another guy on second shift actually bragged about being so drunk that he shit his pants and had to steal clothes off a clothes line.This guy was also in the Navy and would brag about how when the helicopters came into land on the ships he would go to re-outfit them and shoot up any morphine that they had left. What a world we live in.

  16. boozers are losers but there is hope in dope.iused too drink but not now.i only smoke reefer.i hope its legal soon in mass

  17. It’s sad to see our government steering our troops towards the deadly ravages of alcoholism instead of giving them something that is therapeutic and healthy like the perfectly perfect Marijuana plant. Our troops and veterans need this plant for the burdens they carry day and day out.
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  18. So glad I moved back up to BC…
    Why doesn’t the US gov’t realize that the “War on Drugs” has been lost due to serious ineptitude. Time to unearth some IQ’s and send ’em to Washington.

  19. Its a sad thing to hear you cant,for something so small work to live in this country but to make a mediocre lifestyle you can put your life on the line.
    Now for the choice of medicating that’s such a far jump searching for work at Walmart etc.to being forced into the national guards.
    That’s the positions they like to keep us in limited on options and stuck between A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.
    Which is all the more reason to put an end to the nonsense and continue the fight.
    -DRE420

  20. I happen to be a former soldier too, I got kicked out for my test sample being positive for THC, I even told them I was going to come up positive. While in Afghanistan, I developed clinical depression and anxiety attacks as well as insomnia and a mild form of PTSD, and in actuality I was prescribed at least 5 different anti depressants and also sleeping pills, all of which do nothing but make me feel sick, so I kept smoking pot, it helps me sleep and keeps me from always being down and gloomy, and they eneded up kicking me out, I had a OTH discharge with DRUG ABUSE written on my DA form, I have no benefits, no health, no college, and no one will hire me, i have been unemployed for 3 1/2 months so far, and i never got the unemployment they told me I was eligible for either, so it has been pretty rough lately

  21. I am a former Marine with a similar story. I was medically discharged in ’02 because my collarbone looks like a “Z” and causes me constant pain. Anyone else ever try to get the VA to do their jobs? Long story short – I smoke my bud for pain (it takes a LOT to get to a recreational high), got caught with it, and have been unable to find work I’m both capable of doing and doesn’t piss test. You’re not the only one the country formerly based on the Constitution of the United States destroyed in its insane pursuit of “Safety.” It will sadly get a lot worse before it gets better – be prepared for the word “terrorist” to suddenly find itself attached to marijuana in the headlines in the near future…

  22. Dear Brother and Sister Soldiers:
    I also have been under employed, due to my love of our favorite anti anxiety medicine plant. I use temporary agencies to survive. Most do not require drug tests and that with the love and support of my family gets me through. I thank you for all your sacrifices and pray that one day soon we will not be persecuted for being hurt or sick. I salute you. Please America, help us Veterans. We have paid a heavy price to ensure your freedom!!!

  23. Spc Hunt,
    I hear your brother. As a fellow soldier in uniform I find it unfitting for our country to deny those of us who have given up part of our lives to protect other. Then just to get the shaft. I too was busted a few years back, I however fortunately live in a state(NY) where it is merely a citation, but nonetheless feel your pain. I hope all is well in the sandbox, stay low.
    Keep your boots laced up tight,
    B.Isaac

  24. Hooah, SPC Hunt. Did you all know the Army has, in recent times, quit allowing moral waivers (the letter spoken of in the post) from being accepted for possible recruits because of past marijuana charges? I spoke with an Air Force Reserve recruiter and he said the only past charge of mine that mattered was simple possession of marijuana. I’ve had open containers, hunting out of season, underage drinking tickets, pulling stop lights, 2 speeding tickets, etc. Yet the only thing they actually care about is marijuana. Bogus, I know. I’m currently working an internship at a police department – the very cops that arrest people for marijuana like ourselves. My point? Most of the police officers I serve with have smoked marijuana in the past. Marijuana isn’t a big deal… hell, I’d rather it be legal than alcohol or tobacco. Maybe one day people will wake up and smell the ganja. Lord knows… it’s better than cigarettes.

  25. My heart goes out to my military brothers and sisters that have pissed hot during a drug test. If anyone has the right to smoke marijuana it should be the men and women that put their lives on the line day in and day out. I never smoked weed before I was deployed. I remember my first nights back home. We were thrown from a combat environment into an every day normal life. It may be hard for some people to understand that haven’t been through that experience that sometimes its harder coming back home than it is going into combat. Going in we trained for a specific mission for months before leaving. Coming home.. well.. they don’t train you to become a civilian again. Something that seems so simple to others like.. driving or walking through a crowded area would induce a panic attack. You sleep with one eye open.. if you can even sleep. I remember finally being able to sleep just to wake up screaming from the sound the thunderstorm outside was making. You’re still in that stay alert stay alive mode. It doesn’t just go away. Weed is the only thing that helped. If it were up to me I would stand at the welcome gate to greet returning soldiers with a nice little baggie so that they can relax and enjoy the rest of the journey home.
    It’s silly that these laws that were created back in the days of reefer madness.. when they thought “marijuana kills”.. or “marijuana turns mexicans into big blood thirsty animals”.. (yes… they believed marijuana was brought here by the mexicans looking for work.. and that it would turn them into raging monsters) are still in affect. I have not heard of one death that deals directly with smoking the herb…. yet alcohol is legal and contributes to so many casualties. Our government needs to stop thinking of themselves. Maybe not as a whole.. but those who have something to gain from marijuana being illegal. Whether it helps their campaign or they’re just getting money under the table for letting it slip through their area. Stop being selfish, legalize, and then tax it. Bam, you want your economy to survive. Their you go. Now stop taking my taxes to keep some poor guy locked up for years for carrying something so harmless on him.
    Keepin it Green since 2009
    V

  26. Honestly, how is marijuana this penalized. A soldier does his duty, and I’m pretty sure a minor possession of this extremely minor “drug” is not a negative reflection upon the soldier.
    I hope the reformed laws help this guy out. This is unfair to him and shows that the marijuana community can have exploited victims.

  27. I also was once a operator at a refinery. Making decent money. I smoked at will. I knew when they tested. I also made sure not to have any accidents. I don’t recommend doing what I did. But I never pissed hot. There were guys with serious alcohol issues. Guys sleeping when they were unsupervised because of hangovers or they drank that morning of night shift. I made a good living so i retired early an tried to start a business(tired of shift work).I had to take a urine test for insurance purposes. I hadn’t smoked in about six to eight weeks. I failed(playing a lot of poker, weed smoke wafting).If your around high grade weed in a closed area you will fail. My rates quadrupled.
    The point I’m trying get at is.
    As long as companies can be sued for accidents for a person who test positive for THC metabolites . They will continue to make weed users victims an non users. It will take a lot to change the laws. What I think is more feasible is push for better testing. Testing for higher levels and or recent use. Its clearly discriminatory that all other substances which are must more harmful will be out of your system in 72-96 hr.(recent use) And it is well known weed sticks around long after the munchies. It’s the insurance companies that force these companies to enforce these zero tolerance policies. we really need to use our collective economic power to make our points. organized boycotts of everything. Most non smokers would support us. Or at least demand fair testing. We gotta hire a good high profile lawyer to challenge the fairness and discrimination Of THC being part of a strip panel test. It is proven you can ingest marijuana unwillingly and test positive. A saliva test should be used when testing for weed. That would protect innocent people. A person with a hangover is much more dangerous on the road and in the workplace then anyone who smoked weed the night before. But the drunk will pass his random test an the smoker will lose his job. If you have a vehicular accident the police check for impairment. The same should apply to the workplace. Remember it is not illegal to have “substances in your system” it is illegal to possess them. Whatever the level of ng/ml 2hr after smoking should be the cutoff for THC. around 2000 ng/ml. Surely not 20 or 50ng/ml. If someone test at 500 they are not a danger to anyone.

  28. I really want to be in the military but if im not at war i wanna smoke my pot. So ive been waiting my whole life to join but the only thing holding me back is weed.

  29. After reading all the replies here i decided to write my story too. So i was attending a great University getting a technical/business degree. After 5 years of hard work (honors, scholarships, internships, etc) i was busted in my apartment smoking weed and charged with possesion 4 months before graduating. Here are the results ot this charge: a program for first offenders that took my driving licence for 6 months, drug classes, community service and drug testing, Honestly this was the least of my worries, but here is what happened after the program. I lost my job from a very big tech company because i was doing an internship with them while busted and took an 87,000 job offer from me that i would have had after graduating. Since then i was not able to find a decend tech job because i am considered untrusty and a criminal. Not to mention countless job applications that threw me out straight away because someone else who applied had a clean record and was able to get a security clearance while i couldnt. I’m honestly a good man, hard working, responsible and willing to work hard. For one small mistake i lost everything and i can’t dream big anymore. My career is honestly ruined and i can’t be the productive tax paying citizen that i wanted to become. I really dont understand what the gov is trying to accomplish. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like putting chemiclas in my body, so the reality here was that i got punished because my drug of preference was weed and not alcohol and prescription drugs. All i did wrong was smoking a joint in my own appartment to relax after a hard day of work and studying. good luck everyone, and never feel ashamed of yourselves for smoking a plant, the shame is on the cops and on the gov. It really took me a long time to live with myself after my career was destroyed. The funny part is that almost everyone smoked weed at one point of their life, but they were lucky enough to not get busted. We live in a stupid and ignorant society that is willing to destroy someones life for a temporary profit (court fees). But let me tell you something, i never donated a penny to gov agencies since then, and i’m honestly waiting for the moment that a cop or the gov will make a mistake so i can sue them. We live in America, this is how thing work here, so i would suggest accepting the punishment and the consequences of your actions, but when that moment comes that a gov official makes a mistake please do not show mercy, do what they did to you and move on. Lesson learned here; “no one cares about you and you will get punished if you do something, so treat others like they treat you and not how you want to be treated”

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