I have to get drug-tested in order to earn the money to pay taxes; why should a person not have to be drug-tested in order to receive that money in the form of food stamps? Also, if someone is receiving food stamps, it is being assumed that they can't afford to even feed themselves. Drugs are EXPENSIVE. If they can afford drugs, they ought to be able to afford food (or at least more than they're getting already while taking the drugs). For those who take the test and it comes out positive for drug use, they'll have to either stop and use their drug money for food, find a willing charity, or die. That's the choice they have to make. And it's not cruel- if you don't even think your own life is worth the effort of trying to make money to buy food, why should other people be made to buy it for you?
Yes they should have to get drug tested. I have three children and work two jobs. The last thing I want is for my hard earned tax dollars to go to someone who could be working but instead wants to get high! We have to pass a drug test to work. So they should have to pass a drug test for something that's handed to them!
if I have to take a drug test to work and pay taxes which go to your food stamps then you need to be drug tested before receiving the help. I've seen people exchange food stamps for drugs and it's not that hard and it's so stupid. If you aren't doing drugs then you should have no problem peeing in a cup to get help.
To receive food stamp benefits there should be more regulations and testing, I do support drug testing for food stamps. There are many people who abuse the program, the first person to abuse the program did so not long after the first pilot of the program started. If you are receiving aid from the government you should be a law abiding citizen.
I have to take a DOT drug test once a year as well as any time my employers wishes or if I get injured. If I have to take a drug test to work and pay the taxes that fund the food stamp program than why wouldn't someone drawing food stamps have to do the same thing? Everyone wants equality right?
It is a complete slap in the face to hard-working people whose tax dollars go to food stamp recipients if those recipients contribute nothing to society except worsening the drug problem. Food stamps should only be provided to people that are actively looking to better themselves and their families, not rejects who do nothing but sit around and break the law.
The problem is that kids are not eating when the parents sell their food stamps to buy crack. If I was to ask someone for help, that person has the right to make conditions in order to get help. It has nothing to do with "constitutional rights". Recipients go to the government and join a government program to get government money.
If ya don't wanna be drug tested to get "FREE" food, then get a job and pay for your own. Oh wait... Most sensible companies require drug test... Hmm...
Because my sons dad makes too much money yet doesn't pay child support i can not receive food stamps. I'm a single mom working and going to college and could really use the help for food it would take a HUGE burden off my shoulders and not worry every month if i can feed my child. I do my best with what i have and never let my child go hungry i will go hungry before he ever does!
I work in a grocery store. Over 3/4 of the people who come in with food stamps look and act like they are drug addicts. Or they use over $200 in food stamps on junk food. Yes some families really do need food stamps but if you aren't doing any drugs, the why are you worried that you have to take a drug test like everyone else? I also believe that if you are planning on starting a family then you should make sure that you are ready financially as well. Meaning you have a job that will support you and your family.
I believe that you should be limited to a certain amount of time such as 5 years. That gives you enough time to go to college, find a job and get on your feet. I understand that people have disabilities which is why they get money every year from the government which I believe should be one of the only reasons as to why anyone should be on food stamps in the first place.
I do not believe that a simple drug testing is aimed towards hatred. I believe that there are so many people who abuse the system and take advantage of the fact that they can sit at home and do drugs or just be lazy and have everything paid for them. That is ridiculous.
I read a few of the first NO comments on this page and i can't actually believe what's being said. No, this subject does NOT have anything to do with selling the foodstamps that are given to a recipient. Furthermore, to the person that has "been on foodstamps for 18 months", are you serious dude? Are you seriously serious? You sell drugs (even if it is "just enough") to maintain your current drug use while receiving free money from our government to buy your food and you have the audacity to say "it's not your money, so dont worry about it"? Who's money do you think it is my man? Not only should a drug test be an ititial requirement to recieve foodstamps but a monthly screening should be administered to continue assistance. Another side of this argument is what can be bought with the money provided and in my oppinion, how could SNAP not be built/constructed the same exact way as WIC?!! WIC tells you what you can buy right down to the brand and size, yet foodstamps allows for ANYTHING to be purchased as long as it's food. I worked at Bi-Lo Grocery for two years and i cannot tell you how many children and adults would come in every day and buy candy, ice cream bars, cookies and countless other extremely expensive or unnecessary items with their EBT/SNAP card. I've seen it all and i've had enough. When the terms self respect and emarrassment no longer resemble their actually meanings, something has become terribly wrong. Foodstamps should be a last resort, not something to call upon in a somewhat stressful period of your life or when you feel like you "just can". So YES YES YES a drug test should be required for every recipient of foodstamps because this is the last resort, you have nowhere else to turn and at that point you SHOULD be surrendering to whatever our government requires because it is keeping you alive!
I have to admit, I smoke weed once in a while after work to relax and I dont see anything wrong with it. I get $650. A month from the government to feed my family, but I have never sold food stamps to pay for my weed. I sell weed on the side, just enough to pay for my own habit. So as long as I use my food stamps for food, I dont see the problem. Its not your money so dont worry about it.
No you should not drug test people in order for them to get food stamps. There is to much controversy going on about this, and I am so sick of it. If people are hungry and need help then help them stop being so worried if the hit a joint before. I work a full time job and I still do not make enough I receive medicaid and food stamps, while I do not do drugs I would be upset that I would have to go pee in a cup before you would allow me to get help to feed my kids.
Who is going to pay for the drug test? The government is having enough problems with funding for public assistance. I recently heard that the person who wants the assistance may have to pay for the test. If this is so, how can they expect people to pay for a test, if they do not have money for food? You can't suspect all people receiving food stamps is selling it for drugs, it is unethical. One can also say, people work and rip off their employers, they are not being patted down before leaving work.
The answer is no because it presumes guilt without evidence. It's nothing but racist drivel and latent hatred for anybody who is struggling to put food on the table. In this decade of recession and joblessness where 4 job applicants compete for every job opening in this country, you can hardly drug test every person who needs some assistance putting food on the table. It also suggests more government bureaucracy to administer the drug testing . Get real people.
1) It doesn't appear to work in lessening drug use in states that have implemented the program. 2) It is costly and won't save as much as it costs. 3) It humiliates the people who are short-term welfare recipients. 4) #1 reason is you can't legislate character. It has never worked and never will.
The only reason there'd be for doing mandatory testing is if you could sell your stamps for drugs. But you can't sell your food stamps anymore as they're not made of paper...It's your photo ID Benefit card that you use for EBT, like a credit card. Anyhow, what drugs would they be testing for, because these days a lot of people are strung out on (legal) pills, besides the weed, crack and meth. Will you have to bring your RX bottles to show them? What if you smoked weed a month ago but it still comes up positive? How much would this testing be costing the Government? Life is rough when you're poor. In this society money is power. When you're poor you have no power and many times the only thing that makes life tolerable is drugs. Taking away something you can't sell for drugs they way you could when food stamps were made of paper is a complete waste of time and money.
Drug testing the poor at taxpayer expense -- there's money for that, but we won't cure them, even to save our own population, if they have hepatitis or need a vaccine? Here's an idea for fairness: Every politician who voted for drug testing people who receive taxpayer dollars should IMMEDIATELY be drug tested, and should have frequent random drug tests throughout the rest of his or her employment with the US government. The same argument they made in order to justify this applies, and I don't care to pay the salary of any hypocritical drug-using congress member who votes this kind of intrusive measure into being. If they manage to stay clean (and no DUIs, either, people), then at least they actually believe what they are selling us. Next we can implement the drug-testing program everywhere our tax dollars are going, right? Big agribusinesses, defense contractors, the many bailed-out financial-sector corporations... Line up, folks, you receive a LOT of taxpayer money.
Some and honestly not all of people on public assistance, need it agreed. Just like a rich lawyer fraud the system and making lots of money, like that is really so unusual to hear about, yea we don't hear about it. The people not working, been there all there life's, teach there kids this is how life is this group of people will do what all these comments are referring to. Your not really referring to the people driving the nicer car then you or having a bigger house then you OR wearing nicer and more expensive close then you are, because these are the other group of people, the rich, the ones that put the last thing he owned and the last bit of knowledge he/she has and he/she did loose there job, or there business, the pressure of a divorce and a job loss. This is why you see people with more then you pay with food stamp cards. They had more then you do!!!!!
Drugs have nothing to do with it, the thing you can do- I pay for someones groceries and them pay you cash for it - THEN you can go buy drugs with it. But food stamps is no link to drugs weather I do them or not. What this will say is because I am addicted to a substance, which very will the doctors may have caused it, do you know how easy it is to get pills of a doctor about stress, and alter my mood type pills? What other acceptations have to play a roll?
1. People on welfare do not use drugs at higher rates than the general population.
2. It is not cost effective. It costs more to administer the tests than the money saved by weeding out "users", most of whom are only on the pot.
3. There's no evidence that giving drug users food stamps will promote their drug use.
4. It punishes families and children for one person's habit.
5. It diverts attention from those who are the real drains on the system: CEOs who put their money in tax havens and banksters who are too big to fail. Yes, some food stamps users abuse the service, but in the larger scheme of things it's a drop in the bucket compared to the damage done by the rich.
Many people are talking about people who get food stamps, sell them, and then use that money to buy drugs. Since 2004 though food stamps are distributed on cards (similar to bank cards) with their information on them. As far as I know you can't really sell your bank card, it is likewise with these cards, which are called Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT).
Another thing I'm seeing is people whining that they had to take a drug test for their work and therefore to pay the taxes being spent on food stamps. I think you people are confusing the issue by relating two things that should not be related. You are talking about instances where your specific job happened to require a drug test. So maybe your job is important and people take drug tests for safety reasons. Also it needs to be remembered that not all people who work need to take a drug test and so not everyone has to take a drug test to "pay their taxes". It therefore doesn't seem fair to make everyone on food stamps take a drug test just because there are some people who have to take one to work. In any case, the argument that "I did it, so they have to" just isn't very good because it's like saying everyone should get treated the same way despite circumstances.
Finally, I happen to know that food stamps help kids as well as adults. I grew up in a family of twelve and if not for food stamps we probably would have been forced apart into foster homes or something, which would have devastated everyone. For kids to be split up because their parents did something wrong is simply unfair and probably the one of the worst things out there. And I know I would be enraged if my mom now, after being on food stamps for years (and still is as she is a single mother supporting five kids on her own with a low income job) was asked to take a drug test that would just take up her time because she does not abuse the system and as such does not deserve to be treated in such a way.