Boston Marathon Bombing

Mandatory Drug Testing Would've Prevented Boston Bombing, Says Owner of Drug Testing Company

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Last time we heard from Robert L. DuPont, a principal partner in the drug-testing management company Bensinger, DuPont & Associates', he was instructing the Department of Justice to stop Colorado and Washington state from implementing tax-and-regulate policies for recreational marijuana.

Earlier this month DuPont took his self-interested anti-pot oratory to a new level, arguing in the San Diego Union-Tribune that mandatory drug testing would've prevented Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, allegedly a heavy pot smoker, from helping his brother bomb the Boston Marathon:

While Jahar's marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being an engineer or physician and it opened the door to his suicidal violence. A report recently released by the Institute for Behavior and Health, a nonprofit drug policy organization, shows that heavy marijuana use is associated with failing grades and dropping out of school. It is entirely plausible that the loss of Jahar Tsarnaev's dream of success in college set the stage for his descent into the dead end of terrorism. 

What if Jahar had been required to take drug tests to obtain and maintain a driver's license? Might he have changed his behavior if faced with real and immediate certain consequences for his drug use? What about the tens of thousands of kids nationwide who are caught in similar drug-induced downward spirals? New technologies make minimally intrusive drug testing part of a practical approach to preventing and identifying drug problems early. Can our society afford to ignore the measures that are available to encourage young people to find positive drug-free directions for their lives?

The dramatic need to confront drug and alcohol use in college and high school is one useful lesson to take from this otherwise tragic story of failed lives in the midst of opportunity, a lesson that may help overcome the denial about the connection between substance use and academic failure and dropout that is all-but-universal in education circles today.

It's amazing what one would have to overlook to see marijuana as the culprit in the Boston Marathon Bombing; namely, that both Tamarlan and Dzhokhar indicated that America's incursions into the Middle East and Central Asia played a big part in their decision. "When you attack one Muslim," Dzhokhar wrote, in a note left on the boat where he hid, "you attack all Muslims." 

That's not the only fact left out of DuPont's op-ed. The U-T fails to tell us (even in the bio line!) that DuPont runs a company that sells drug-testing services, and that the nonprofit Institute for Behavior and Health–of which DuPont is president–exists mostly to provide scientific support for the services offered by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates'.

H/T Drugwarrant.com

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  1. You know, I’ve heard probably hundreds of stories about how smoking pot made someone want to blow something up. Nice to see those stories confirmed.

    1. Well, smoking pot and blowing stuff up can be a lot of fun.

      1. Not people, obviously.

        1. Why not people? Maybe blowing people up is the most funnest activity ever. There are so many people that jump at the chance to do it, I think they might be onto something.

          1. BLowing people up? Count me in!

            *puff, puff…..pass*

          2. blowing people != blowing people up

            1. “You’re doing it wrong!”

  2. While Jahar’s marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being an engineer or physician

    Someone has never known any engineers or doctors.

    1. No shit. I am an EE, my friends are nearly all STEM people and I can’t think of a single one of us who hasn’t partook of the herb. Conversations about quantum mechanics and string theory while stoned are fuckin awesome.

      1. I’m a ChemE (feel free to insert your own joke here) and I’m smoking right now.

      2. I can’t think of a single one of us who hasn’t partook of the herb.

        I haven’t.

        1. I haven’t either. Just not interested.

      3. In grad school (chemistry), the PhD students were so regular about it that there was a stairwell whose top floor was called STP (Standard Time and Place). The biggest stoner ended up running QC for a major pharma house.

        ALWAYS just before Advanced Quantum.

      4. Conversations about quantum mechanics and string theory while stoned are fuckin awesome.

        It’s probably easier to understand while stoned too.

        When I was in college for AE, I knew several people who smoked pot and did just fine grade-wise. Some used it to “self medicate” for test anxiety and actually did better when they were high than not (as long as they didn’t get too high, that is).

        1. We gave it away, I think, when every time the prof said, “Hartree-Fock,” we’d start giggling.

    2. This software engineer with a degree has been puffing regularly since he was 15.

    3. I’ll be a chemist after this summer (need to take those vitally important literature and creative expression classes to graduate) and spent many years in the arms of the green vixen.

      1. Arms of the Green Vixen sounds like your term paper title for the Creative Expression course, there Fonz. Your half way to an “Ehhhhh!!!”

        1. I can easily put a couple thousand words into Reason posts in a day, but to do 500 on the modern relevance of a 200 year old book and it’ll take me a week. I really hate writing shit about shit I couldn’t give a shit about.

          I stare at the blank word screen thinking of all the people who told me that I’d dig ditches for a living if I didn’t go to college and about how lucky those ditch diggers are. At least if you dig a ditch there’s something to show for it and you’ve helped make life better for someone. Instead, we create a steaming pile 5 double-spaced pages at a time and congratulate ourselves on how clever we are.

          1. Well, maybe you should try reading and writing your essays stoned.

            1. I used to get drunk and write. Then I wrote an essay on a thing we had to read about some rich socialist lady who lived as a poor person in florida. I can’t find the article now, but it was just as bad as you would expect.

              My essay was as harsh and acerbic as I really felt when reading that trash and my grades went down noticeably after that.

              Won’t do that again.

          2. trust me, working at an office is not conducive to happiness. Unless you’re an inhuman monster (or a manager).

            1. Yeah, if I can’t find a job doing field testing, or something similar, I’ll probably do landscaping.

  3. Rent seeker seeks rent.

    1. I think my hair is getting a little long, but I’m not sure. I’ll probably go see my barber on the way home from work and see what he thinks.

  4. I sell helium balloons for birthday parties and I can tell you that this drug testing theory is completely wrong. Those boys were obviously unhappy and nothing makes people happier than helium balloons. Why, a national law requiring everyone to carry a helium balloon at all times would make everyone so happy that there’s no way anyone could become a terrorist. Also, rich people should be taxed to provide helium balloons subsidies for poor people.

    1. Something tells me this is going to require us to increase the federal Strategic Helium Reserve.

      Otherwise our servicemen won’t be able to say “Throw down your weapons and step out of the building” in a Chipmunk voice and that would crush moral.

      1. “We’re not gonna fall for that banana-in-the-tailpipe trick again….”

        /Eddie Murphy mocking that other guy with kind of a helium voice in “Beverly Hills Cop”

    2. You’re an idiot MS. Obviously these boys’ problem is lack of proper editing. If only their school papers had been professionally edited, maybe they wouldn’t have become murderistic terrorists. We should institute federal mandates and subsidies to ensure that not one more college student falls through the cracks for lack of editing.

      1. You’re just shilling for Big Proper English!

  5. heavy marijuana use is associated with failing grades and dropping out of school

    Because coping and ailing are synonymous words, right?

  6. Reefer Madness, the movie that never ends.

    1. Damn, you beat me to it – first thing that flashed in my mind.

    2. This is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against the movie “The Neverending Story”.

      /Hutz

  7. What if Jahar had been required to take drug tests to obtain and maintain a driver’s license?

    Fuck you.

    1. Clearly, these boys suffered for their unchristian upbringing, the result of which is loss of faith, moral dissolution, and eventually, damnation. Just think if the Tsarnaev brothers had been made to face their sacrilege earlier in life?for example, suppose Jahar had been required to attend catechism before obtaining his driver’s license?so many lives might have been spared the violence of their heresy.

      Thankfully, my church is prepared to offer the state this service in return for a negligible user fee.

      /sarc /sarc /sarc

      1. STEVE SMITH INTEREST IN TEACH CATECHISM CLASS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. FOR PURELY RAPE…CHRISTIAN REASON. PRAISE LORD AND PASS KY JELLY.

  8. “While Jahar’s marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being an engineer or physician…”

    “While Obama’s marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being a politician and maybe someday President…”

    See how silly that analogy is?

    1. But BOOOOSH!
      Oh, wait….

    2. To be fair, though, it did “set the stage for his descent into the dead end of public service.”

  9. a principle partner

    Principal, dear Riggsy. Because the principal is your pal.

    1. Police officers are our pals, too!

  10. It’s amazing what one would have to overlook to see marijuana as the culprit in the Boston Marathon Bombing; namely, that both Tamarlan and Dzhokhar indicated that America’s incursions into the Middle East and Central Asia played a big part in their decision.

    The marijuana thesis is stupid but c’mon, now. If there had been a terribly rational component to the Islamic supremicism of Tamarlan and Dzhokhar, it would have manifested itself as an attack on Russia given their preoccupation with Chechnya and personal ties to that region.

    1. If there had been a terribly rational component to the Islamic supremicism of Tamarlan and Dzhokhar, it would have manifested itself as an attack on Russia given their preoccupation with Chechnya and personal ties to that region.

      Well, you see, the Russians actually fight back.

    2. According to science, cannabis comes from central Asia so Jahar was just expressing his cultural heritage and therefore Du Pont needs to check his privilege.

  11. Serious question: what is the appropriate punishment–and who is the appropriate punisher–of Robert L. DuPont?

    1. The answer to both questions is Warty.

    2. Stoned to death by cannabis?

    3. Technically everyone is allowed to speak their piece. The punishment should be reserved for anyone that puts these stupid ideas into practice.

      1. I didn’t mean legal sanctions. I am aware of both the First Amendment and all internet traditions.

        1. In The Hell of Ironic Punishments, DuPont would be drowned in urine. Urine without a trace of drugs.

          1. But in reality, the best outcome for justice is for him to be viewed as being the moral equivalent to a guard at Auschwitz complaining that stopping the Jew trains meant his family would go hungry when he lost his well-paying job.

          2. performance enhancing as well?

            1. DuPont is arguing that we should continue the War on Marijuana for his bottom line. All the beatings and deaths and imprisonment and children stolen from parents so that he can make a buck. He’s whining about no longer being able to eat and drink human misery.

          3. He might actually enjoy that. It’s pretty obvious that he has a piss fetish. Why else would one go into the drug testing business?

            1. To make money off of other people’s misery?

    4. In a civilized society, the laughter and derision would just make him retract his ridiculous statements, or sulk off and start plotting our demise.

  12. “While Jahar’s marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being an engineer or physician and it opened the door to his suicidal violence.”

    This Robert L. DuPont fucker must have been pretty fucking god damned high when he came up with this bit of wisdom.

    1. Well look how Obama is fucking up the country? And Bush before that? And Clinton?

      All confessed pot users.

  13. How would marijuana use ruin someone’s dreams of being an engineer or doctor?

    1. Anti-motivational syndrome. Look it up.

      Smoking marijuana takes away all of a person’s motivation. No one who smokes marijuana has a job or goes to school. They’re all losers. Without exception. This is why it must remain illegal. Not a single productive member of society smokes marijuana. It’s an instantaneous transformation. Good kids immediately stop doing their schoolwork and drop out once they smoke marijuana. They never go to college or get a job. It’s a fact. The DEA and Officer Friendly said so.

      1. So that’s why the unemployment rate is so high!

      2. So it’s not just masturbation that causes that?

  14. Was Du Pont drug tested before he made these statements?

  15. For fuck’s sake! 1 hour in and no one has made a hashshahin joke?

    Learned wit is dead.

    1. I was going to, but felt it’s too soon.

      1. Dude, Alamut fell to Hulegu Khan in 1256….it’s time to move on!

        1. Not for the great(x10)-grandchildren of the victims.

          You heartless, glib son of a bitch.

          1. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the Islamist problem in a nutshell.

            1. So much horrible pain could be eliminated from the world if people would just stop acting like it matters who their ancestors were and whose ancestors fucked them over.

  16. He also had an untamed mane (a resemblance to a young Bob Dylan have been pointed out), so perhaps his long hair led him to an extreme level of dissolution and moral turpitude that turned him toward evil. We have only to think of similar bombings by those long-haired 60s radicals like the Weather Underground. Where is the barbershop lobby to weigh in on this? Mandatory crew cuts for all non-balding males might well have prevented this.

    /sarc/

  17. On this subject, I won’t listen to anyone named DuPont, whether they’re from the same set behind the company or not, given the family’s very integral role in the history of marijuana prohibition.

  18. Concentration camps would have prevented the bombing too. Just saying.

    1. Hey, if it saves one child’s life…

    2. Genocide couldn’t hurt either! 😉

  19. I went to the now-infamous UMass Dartmouth (’97-’01) and my roommate freshmen and sophomore years was the biggest pothead you’d ever meet. All day, every day.

    Kid was a double-major (Physics and Electrical Engineering) and double-minor (Math and Computer Engineering), straight-A student. Fuck DuPont right in his rent-seeking mouth.

  20. But if you’re worried about someone becoming a terrorist, why test them for weed every few months? Why not daily tests to see if they’re playing with gunpowder? Why not hourly dorm room inspections?

  21. I’m sure he believes mandatory drug testing will prevent climate change too….

  22. My last drug test was for a pain management doctor. Although he uses a panel test it also goes to a lab. Bill to insurance for urinalysis was $1710.00. Anyone wonder why Dupont is pushing his agenda so hard??

  23. Reason’s oil patch subsidy dependance disqualifies it from carrping along theses lines :

    ” The U-T fails to tell us (even in the bio line!) that DuPont runs a company that sells drug-testing services, and that the nonprofit Institute for Behavior and Health–of which DuPont is president–exists mostly to provide scientific support for the services offered by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates’.”

  24. Mandatory education used to the the panacea for everything.

    Something tells me mandatory ANYTHING leads to acts like these bombings.

  25. Forced sterilization and re-education camps for the entire drug testing industry along with it’s proponents might be an answer, or maybe just shoot them all. Fucking assholes don’t deserve to live.

  26. The person who introduced me to riding the leafy green dragon is an accomplished engineer, and I myself have an MS Degree. Engineers and lawyers are the biggest stoners I’ve ever seen. Pretty sure if we were caught it wouldn’t be weed that ruined our opportunities. It’d be those pesky government dictates about loans and criminal records.

    In fact, since pesky government regulations have ruined my just opportunities in the Northeast, I’m moving to CO in a month to start a new career in a budding industry. Who wants to wake up at 40 and realize half their lives are gone and wasted working for insufferable assholes like these?

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