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. Sorry about the long delay in replying, been rather busy lately. I'm pasting the comments I made about this topic on The Monitor, our blog, after a similar post from JK.
In the US, they wont even offer to hire you unless you have a negative drug test result. Like most Canadians, I don't agree with that perspective, as it infringes on the civil liberties and privacy and is not the company's business. But I can certainly understand the concerns having been at sea long enough to know that that the TSB findings are not an isolated case. Personally I don't think the pot use I saw, is as much a concern as the coke use I have seen on occasion, now that to me is a concern.
Most companies have a convenient stated policy of zero tolerance for crew and premises, but really it is not entirely enforceable especially when it comes to pot. One of the skipper I was recently sailing with had a pretty good comment on the subject, which I think, is quite valid and should be applicable.
I will stand in line and get drug tested, I have many times in the past, and I am not afraid to do it again, but the person at the head of the line should be the CEO and anyone else in the decision making, process right on down to the lowly engineer on the boat. Whats good for the gander, has to be good for the goose.
Thursday, 18 October, 2007
JK further brought up a good concern on the timing of the findings,
"Now I realize that the wheels of TSB grind slowly, but this release from yesterday made me go Hmmm. A Board Concern that takes a year to release and concerns about possible cannabis use onboard by the crew on a Ferry. The same crew who is presumably manning another ship for the year it took for this Board Concern to be released.
Yet TSB wants BCFC to review their policy without delay?
I have to wonder how many meetings this took at TSB to get this Board Concern released."
Seems to me like the TSB was force to say something, but really the timing illustrate the public attitude, I think, of the revelation. Yeah, concerning, but no one is really jumping up or down in the public. In the US pot use although glamorized in the movies and tv shows, its really been put on the same pedestal as crack or heroin in the US. Not in Canada, and also not in many other countries.