Drug testing Companies haven’t been around forever, and they probably would be around if marijuana was legal. Ever since Ronald Reagan required all federal workers to start submitting to drug tests i the 1980’s, many other agencies started to follow this pattern, eventually leading up to 15 states requiring drug tests for state workers, all kinds of unions and employers, and even extracurricular activities for children. Drug tests are everywhere, and the companies providing them are racking in every penny.
The average drug test costs about $42 dollars to perform- that’s pretty spendy when you look at how many people actually fail it. Less than 5 percent of test takers- according to ATTN.com, actually fail a drug test with some kind of substance. It financially doesn’t even make sense to pay for everybody in a workplace to take a drug test, and it especially wouldn’t be cost efficient if marijuana was legal, let’s take a look, shall we?
If marijuana became legal, that would mean most companies would eventually allow marijuana smokers to enjoy their buds freely (probably after work), which in turn would mean they don’t need drug tests to look for marijuana. That being said, the failure rate with any other drug besides marijuana is microscopic- less than 2% ever come out with any hard substances. So what would be the point in taking drug tests at all? This is where it gets interesting.
The Drug Testing industry is a 4 Billion- soon to be 6 Billion dollar industry, and statistically most of the drug tests end up finding only marijuana. If marijuana is no longer needed to be found, the value of a drug test will decrease rapidly, and less and less organizations will be purchasing them. That means it’ll be even harder for the drug testing companies to make a profit, and in the long run stay in business.
Drug testing isn’t the only industry that would suffer from the legalization either- timber, law enforcement, private prisons, and even pharmaceutical companies would lose out big time over the revolution. The fact remains that with marijuana in every day life, we can accomplish much- in medicine, food, clothing, and so much more!
What Can We Do?
The more we introduce marijuana and the good it can provide to the world, we will start to see and even bigger trend in push for legalization in places where it’s been moving slower. Hopefully the drug testing companies look for new ways to profit, instead of relying on pot smokers, because it’s only hold back from us entering the future, and eventually they would be out of business anyways.
Do you think Drug testing companies will still exist when marijuana is federally legal? Why or why not?
Till next time,