Palmetto Workers: “Puff, Puff, Give”

DRUGGED OUT WORKFORCE?  This website has been consistently adamant in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs.  Government should not be wasting its time or our money investigating, arresting, prosecuting or incarcerating individuals for recreational drug use – or for the private production and distribution of these substances….


This website has been consistently adamant in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs.  Government should not be wasting its time or our money investigating, arresting, prosecuting or incarcerating individuals for recreational drug use – or for the private production and distribution of these substances.

What consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own damn business …

Having said that it’s probably not a good idea to show up for work high – or drunk.  In fact, check that: It’s a terrible idea .

Drug use among South Carolina workers is back in the news this week – thanks to reports coming out of the heavily taxpayer-subsidized Boeing aircraft manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C.

But from whence did the “drugged out S.C. worker” narrative originate?

Yeah … that was S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

Back in September 2011, Haley appeared at a Rotary Club in Lexington, S.C.  During her speech, she offered up a bizarre claim regarding applicants for positions at the government’s Savannah River Site (SRS).

“Down on River Site, they were hiring a few hundred people, and when we sat down and talked to them – this was back before the campaign – when we sat down and talked to them, they said of everybody they interviewed, half of them failed a drug test, and of the half that was left, of that 50 percent, the other half couldn’t read and write properly,” Haley told the group.

The only problem with that statement (other than the fact it violated Haley’s “speak no ill of SC” rule)?

It was patently false.

SRS immediately rebuked the claim, and Haley – after initially doubling down – eventually backed off of its veracity, too.

Stoned or not, one thing we do know about South Carolina’s workforce is this: It is currently holding at a record low percentage of the state’s working age population.

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SC Political Digest September 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The man who murdered those five children in Lexington was high on marijuana. It’s SICKNESS like yours that is polluting our society, and making the most heinous acts, common. Shame on you.

You get more filthy, and are not called to account for the damage that you do.

el-Tango-Loco September 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

It was synthetic marijuana according to WLTX, which isn’t quite the same thing.

When they searched his SUV, they found what they believed were chemicals used to make meth and a synthetic form of marijuana, and what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood, and possible body fluids in the car.

SC Political Digest September 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

You want it ALL legal… if you dont you’re a hypocrite.

Emily P September 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Fuck off, Gary!

cannaseur September 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Spice and marijuana are NOTHING alike. Educated your dumb hick asses.

nitrat September 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

That’s what this was about. Per the real media, DSS was investigating and I bet they wanted him to go for a drug screen that he knew he would fail big time. He thought he would lose the kids back to their adulterous mother and he would have to pay child support. So, he killed them.

Wasn't Sweet Mary September 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

You idiot…you born in the ’50s?

aikencounty September 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I wuz!!!!!!!

nitrat September 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Oh, hell. I nearly responded…before I realized it was Big T, Grand Tango by another name and without all the extraneous punctuation.

Karolyn September 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

You gotta be kiddin’. Try broadening your horizons and researching outside the little box you’re contained in. Alcohol is king of the drugs, actually, and more families are destroyed, deaths occurred and insanity created by king alcohol.

SC Political Digest September 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Outlaw alcohol, then, you Dumb@$$…didn’t you already try that?..

Anyway, you narrow-minded, leftwing idiot…the murderer was F*#k#d up on marijuana..not booze…

Karolyn September 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

As has been pointed out, it was not cannabis. Get your facts straight before posting. Anyone who writes like you, name-calling and using derogatory terms only shows his ignorance of the English language (and ignorance in general).

SC Political Digest September 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Yeah, there is SO MUCH difference in one drug addict and another. All marijuana huffers, not synthetic, are SO MUCH different. You are straight-edged, wonderful pillars of the community, who walk around in a fog…just loving the beauty of life.

A doper is a doper…quit trying to point the finger at everyone else as evil, while you are just as stoned. Be what you are…if you’re a pot head, admit it. If you cannot get through life, and face responsibility w/o being stoned out of your gourd, why deny what you are? LMAO…

Karolyn September 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Wonder of wonders! Many people who want it legalized don’t even smoke it! Go ahead LYAO. I haven’t smoked pot in over 30 years. Just think of all the tax money and fewer prisoners in jail. The state would be so much better financially.

SC Political Digest September 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I been smokin’ it every day for 30 years, and I ain’t hooked…LMAO..

Not a big deal. Many of you bored, yuppie, 60s-wannabe idiots just want to tear down our culture. It makes you think your life is meaningful, if you can get the media and the liberals who manipulate you, to pat you on the back…

You don’t give a $#!* about the children who suffer a doped up parent, or the wasted life, of the low-rent loser, who wastes his life being high…as long as he stays out of the subdivision…You get to feel cosmopolitan and wax ignorant about your sophistication—with the rest of the leftist dolts over at the coffee house or Art Bar….

Karolyn September 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

Your reading comprehension needs a little work. I said I HAVEN’T SMOKED POT IN OVER 30 YEARS. You just don’t have a clue and are so locked into your tiny little brain that you cannot comprehend anything else. Logic doesn’t work on people like you. There appears to be hope for angry, hateful, violent conservatives such as yourself. Just keep the negativity going. You thrive on it, and it makes you feel better about yourself in your righteousness.

SC Political Digest September 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

LMAO…I know what you said. I just LOVE to use that line from Richard Pryor.

He actually DID use, and he knew the truth…you’re just a Dumb@$$ pushing liberal ignorance, because you need purpose in a boring life, and you have no ability to create ideas or offer something thoughtful or original. Get lost. You’re about to lose the Senate, Thank goodness…

aikencounty September 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Only thing I have ever known a stoner to kill while he was high,is a sack of Krystal Burgers.

SRS September 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

While at a shitty hunting lodge down that way one of the “guides” ( drive you to a tree stand by the river) told me that he was employed as a security guard at the site. He said once per year they were allowed to conduct a deer hunt on the plant site to thin the population. After the hunt all of the deer were piled up and then sorted by deformities. He never knew where they went after that but they were not allowed to keep any kills.

He also said that every 5 years that they conducted “war games” against federal teams who would try to infiltrate the site. According to him these rag tag security guards defeated the Federal team so badly once that a fight broke out at the debriefing meeting. It sounds incredible but this guy seemed pretty straight about it all like it was no big deal.

He didn’t seem high and I think he could read and write but I can’t be certain.

Elroy September 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm



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