A step in the right direction


A federal judge has rejected the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven ruled against Florida’s drug testing program, writing, “[T]here is nothing inherent to the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a ‘concrete danger’ that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use.” In other words, there’s no proof that someone is more likely to use drugs simply because they’re poor. These programs have cost taxpayers much more than they promised to save, and they have been used as a way to discriminate against the poor. Thankfully, Judge Scriven issued the second ruling against Florida’s drug testing program, and reinforced a lower court decision that found the program unconstitutional. Florida may attempt to repeal this ruling, but for now, Judge Scriven has blocked that state from enforcing their discriminatory drug testing law.

Via Tom Hartman

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