Jobs For Pot Smokers

The ONDCP blog is touting their latest set of anti-drug ads. Each one depicts a fictional job title—Burrito Taster, Couch Security Guard, TV Remote Control Operator—and concludes with the tag line “Hey, not trying to be your mom, but there aren’t many jobs out there for potheads.”

The obvious flaw with this argument is the plenty of pot smokers have gone on to really great jobs. One of them, in fact, is going to be President of the United States in a couple of months.

I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of people with pretty impressive jobs who have smoked up, but Radley Balko beat me to it:

Barack Obama, president-elect.  Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S.  John Kerry, U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for president.  John Edwards, multi-millionaire, former U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president.  Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican nominee for vice president.  British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, and and Chancellor Alistair DarlingJosh Howard, NBA all-star.  New York Governor David Paterson.  Former Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Oscar winner Al Gore.  Former Sen. Bill Bradley, who smoked while playing professional basketball.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Billionaire and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Read the whole thing.

10 responses to “Jobs For Pot Smokers”

  1. T---

    After having worked for sixteen years with the same company, I was hit by a co-worker and we both went for U-A’s. I failed and was fired. I was not under the influence at the time, could not defend myself and got unemployed benefits denied. That’s a shame. I am a very good person and have never done other drugs including Cocaine, crack, crank, meth or any related drugs. I don’t smoke cigarettes, drink beer, coffee or even pop. Guess you could say I’m pretty boring. I drink on occasion. I think smoking pot is quite mild compared to a lot of idiots out there who drink and drive and kill people. Have you ever heard of anyone going through withdrawl from smoking pot? Me either. I hope Obama does some modifications to the laws and regulations of marijuana. There are tons of good, hard working people out there sitting at home on their thumbs because of a natural plant. If God didn’t want us to have it, he would not have made it available. At least I’m not out stealing and doing worse to get money for harsher drugs.

    [Note: I have removed this commenter’s name as she informed me it was a top Google result and may have been keeping her from getting another job.]

  2. Bat Man

    I totally agree. God created this plant for a reason. I have never understood how men could have the audacity to outlaw one of God’s creations.

  3. Robert Edwards

    I had my job for nearly 10 years. After 8 years the company had changed names 4 times and decided to join the “drug-free work place” program. I got popped on a random screening for marijuana and got the boot. My opinion is this : What I do on my time, at my home, is my business! Random drug testing is a total violation of my right to privacy, the practice should be banned under the rights given in our constitution. Smoking pot is a God given right! There is nothing more natural; pick it, dry it, roll it, smoke it!
    The company, by the way, has suffered production losses, a total lack of morale, and a huge increase in accidents and injuries. All of this because a couple of top idiots thought they could save money on insurance premiums!
    Now, as I look for another job, I have to explain how I was terminated for failing a random drug screening. This has not helped me find a job to support my family or pay my bills. On top of that I’ve had to quit smoking (temporarily) so I have a chance of finding a job. The whole situation makes me sick. This country was founded on the ideals of freedom of choice. Now, it seems, our choices are being made for us by a narrow-minded few who are ignorant of the facts about marijuana. I say put the issue on a national ballot and see what percentage of Americans feel the same way I do.

  4. Linda Lavender

    I understand all to well as I am a Licienced Medicinal Marijuana Patient under Health Canada and I personally have been trying to find work for 3yrs yet all I meet with is doors closing in my face one after another because of my right to choose to medicate with Cannabis over taking multiple narcotics for my illness ‘n pain.

  5. Kool-aide

    I didn’t lose my job because of pot; in fact, after being a heavy smoker throughout college, I had given it up for my career.

    But some 20 years later I lost my job, in part, because I was too liberal. Not that I could ever prove this, it was an insurance company. In reconsidering my employment situation a phrase caught my eye “Find your tribe”. I don’t think the insurance world represents my tribe.

    Anyhow, this last 6 months have caused me to reconsider a lot of things – several of which are:

    1. Which states’ have the most liberal people
    2. Which states’ have the most liberal marijuana laws
    3. Which occupations are most favorable to smoking or surviving as a smoker
    4. Which is scarier, Nazi’s in Germany in 1940’s or the religious right in America in 2010?

  6. John Joseph O'Brien

    PLEASE GOOGLE

    AREYOUFOREAL DRUG TESTING PROBLEM

    AND THEN GOOGLE > OPERATION ONEWHITEDUCK

  7. debthereb

    I am 56 years old and half Indian i have smoked for 33 yrs and i am disabled now and i can not take the narcotic’s doctors try to give me for my pain and anxiety i have to cope with the public, to have patience with my grand kids i smoke i also live in TX so i am an outlaw because of the laws, i was also setup by my so called sister because she knew i smoked and scene a chance to set my up and called her buddy cop she gave head to to get a reward for my bust, and conviction and I never was offered to say not guilty not even a trial, probation for money every mo. i want her to know she is not my dads child her mother was a #$%<>:she even set up my brother, too and he is in prison until 2016, i hate her and i don’t hate easily,

  8. Anthony Mirenda

    Rplease contact at e mail, or contact 1-310-259-8986

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