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Judge Puts Florida’s Welfare Drug Test Law on Hold

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Posted on Oct 24, 2011

Marijuana factored into the handful of positive results of Florida’s recently instituted government assistance drug test.

Since last summer, applicants for government assistance in Florida have been required to pass a drug test before receiving federal help, but on Monday a federal judge temporarily blocked that measure in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. 

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Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test since testing began in mid-July, but they aren’t required to say why. Thirty-two applicants failed the test and more than 7,000 have passed, according to the Department of Children and Families. The majority of positives were for marijuana.

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By James M. de Laurier, October 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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Good for Judge Mary Scriven,to stand up for the rights
of the people.The 77 million dollars being saved that
is in question,might even be more if all politicians
and appointed officials also get tested.
Thanking you for this opportunity to comment -
James M. de Laurier

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By letdownamerican, October 25, 2011 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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I say if were gonna start testing people then lets start testing,and we can start with lie detector test for people running for puplic offices.

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By Outraged, October 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

You’re on the right track PH, how about those clinics
that do the tests in Florida, like “Rick Scott’s
wife’s” clinic.  From Mother Jones:

” Among the companies that stand to benefit from
the bill is Solantic, a chain of urgent-care clinics
aimed at providing emergency services to walk-in
customers. The Florida governor founded Solantic in
2001, only a few years after he resigned as the CEO
of hospital giant Columbia/HCA amid a massive
Medicare fraud scandal. In January, according to the
Palm Beach Post, he transferred his $62 million stake
in Solantic to his wife, Ann Scott, a homemaker
involved in various charitable organizations.”

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By PatrickHenry, October 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

There are alot of drug testing kit manufacturers who are going to be pissed over this.

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