Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check ?
So indigent drug users would starve? Would those savings not be spent on addressing the needs of those addicted to drugs and not eligible for food stamps?
Digâ€™s Advocate: â€śThen they would just need to stop using drugs so they could pass the piss test and get benefits.â€ť
Perhaps, but many drug addicts would rather commit crimes to support their habit rather then conform. There would be an increase in muggings, home invasions, and car jackings. (I was going to add prostitution but that might be moot in Baltimore.) The resulting increase in crime could be problematic in a Gun-Free Zone like Mary Land.
Finally, food stamps are a Federal program administered by the states, pissing to get food stamps would require federal legislation. Cash Assistance and Medicaid are the responsibility of the states but are used mostly for children, so savings would be small.
As for the ACLU, they wouldnâ€™t even need to be bothered â€“ there have been many court decisions over the years outlining the rights of citizens to apply for public assistance and restricting states and Federal government from establishing roadblocks to assistance.
Dig, I suggest you direct your efforts to more pressing issues like the damage control needed as a result of posting an image of yourself in an online forum.