With each passing year of the Obama experiment, finding a job has become more difficult. We all know of the often used statistic of over 93 million unemployed and underemployed. Scores of kids have accumulated massive college debt coming out of school with little to no prospects, forced to move back to mom and dad's.

So what can one do to gain a competitive advantage over other job seekers? Well, one way is to not start smoking pot, and if you are, put down that joint.

In February of this year, the Washington Post wrote: "The federal government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that in the aggregate, Americans used marijuana on over 3.5 billion days in 2013, a rise of 57% since 2007."

And there is a dramatic rise in the use of pot among high schoolers. The government drug abuse.gov site reported: "A growing percentage of students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are using marijuana on a regular basis, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. Most notably, daily marijuana use increased by more than 10% in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Rates of past year illicit drug use in 2010 or 16% in the eighth grade, 30% in the 10th and 38% in the 12th grade. The recent rise in marijuana use follows a 10 year period of decline."

There is a quite illuminating graph below which clearly shows that during the Carter, Clinton and now Obama administrations, the perceived risk of smoking pot declined and therefore the usage increased. Anyone with eyes can plainly see the increased use of marijuana must be directly attributable to Democrat policy. There is no other conclusion one can make.

 

Marijuana use in college is also on the rise. "More college students nationwide have added illicit drugs, such as marijuana and amphetamine, to their back to school supply lists," writes the University of Michigan news. 

They added that in "2006, when 34% indicated that they use some illicit drug in the prior year, that rate was up to 39% by 2013. Most of this increase is attributable to a rising proportion using marijuana. Daily marijuana use is now at the highest rate among college students and more than three decades."

To make matters worse, kids are not only smoking more, but "It is important to remember that over the past two decades, levels of THC - the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana - has gone up a great deal, from 3.75% in 1995 to an average of 15% in today's marijuana cigarettes," Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse said.

So to recap: more kids are smoking pot - they are smoking it more often and the drugs potency is almost 5 times what it once was. Not a good combination.

Dr. Volkow added that "Marijuana use not only places teens at risk of addiction but also impairs their memory, judgment, and ability to learn. Do we want to jeopardize their future achievement due to exposure to marijuana?"

Well Doc, judging by all the rush to relax laws and rules regarding pot, it certainly appears that many don't seem to care about the children, do they. The aforementioned National Survey on Drug Use and Health concluded that "In the coming years, this group will face a higher risk of negative health consequences as a result of their heavy, regular drug use."

Just as they have done with cigarette smokers, employers will begin to look negatively on pot users. That again will give the drug-free a decided advantage in the job market and thus the workplace.

So if you want to gain an advantage over the competition - if you want to land and keep that job - put down the joint, or better yet, don't start. Employers will feel they've found a diamond in the memory and judgment impaired, unable to learn cesspool of applicants.

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