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    Random drug testing and welfare benefits

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    Should random drug testing be allowed as a requisite for receiving welfare benefits? If so, should it be "one strike, you're out" or should drug counseling be given with the understanding that any future failed test would result in loss of benefits?
    This was one topic of discussion on the local talk radio program this morning. Apparently there was an effort in Michigan to pass just such a policy not too long ago. The ACLU became involved (apparently doing drugs is a civil liberty??? - okay, in all seriousness, I understand they argued on the basis of invasion of privacy) and in the end the state actually ended up having to pay a judgement.
    What do YOU think? Is it unfair to require being drug free to receive welfare?
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    I'm not sure. part of me says yes, but then I am worried about even more gov't in our lives. as for the one strike you are out I don't think so, if most employers have to give you a chance to get clean then so should the gov't. I'll have to get back on this one.


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    I dislike druggies in general so sure, test and take away the kids and the benefits.
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    I think they should get random drug tests! b/c idk about where you ladies are, But in Frederick- People who really need help cant get it b/c all these druggies are getting help...Cash asst. and using it for drugs and alcohol

    I think if they fail the test their benefits should be took away til they can pass a test!
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    If the mother does drugs does that make her children somehow unworthy of eating? First, I don't believe drugs should be illegal. Second, I believe all poor people deserve help. Third, I don't think its fair to punish the children because the mom does drugs.

    I also believe that using drugs is a medical condition and if we are going to test for it we should be doing it not to PUNISH the person, but to HELP them.
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    Absolutely NOT.

    What about the children who are on the recieving end of their parents food stamps? So their life probably sucks bad enough as their parents are pot heads (or worse) you take food and other benefits from the parents, you take it from children.

    In most states those with a felony drug arrest you CANNOT get welfare until you undergo a cessation and prevention course.
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    I have zero tolerance for drug use especially when they want govt. help...we should make sure that money is not going to the wrong place!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivalacrap View Post
    If the mother does drugs does that make her children somehow unworthy of eating? First, I don't believe drugs should be illegal. Second, I believe all poor people deserve help. Third, I don't think its fair to punish the children because the mom does drugs.

    I also believe that using drugs is a medical condition and if we are going to test for it we should be doing it not to PUNISH the person, but to HELP them.
    they can receive food stamps...that are ONLY allowed to be used to buy food...

    But giving Cash asst (basically a debit card) to a druggie
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