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A Tale of Government Priorities: Where Marijuana Is More Dangerous than Plastic Explosives

Posted by on | January 22, 2018 | Comments Off

A few months back I got a call from a Forest Service District Ranger (that is their front line manager who runs everything for the FS in a defined geographic area).  The Ranger was upset because the FS had gotten a report from one visitor that they thought they had seen one of our employees smoking marijuana.  As it turned out, it was impossible to figure out which employee this was and so we reiterated the company policy about alcohol and drugs on duty and moved on.  The District Ranger followed up with me to see what we had done, and was disappointed that we had not pinned this on one person or instituted drug testing.  I explained that we only test our passenger van drivers, and could not legally test anyone else (the FS has more leeway with its employees because the Feds exempt themselves from most labor law to which I must comply).  Anyway, since the District Ranger pretty much never contacts me about anything, his interest in this clearly showed the FS thought this was a critical public safety issue.

So fast forward to this morning.  I got one of those WTF calls that seem a part of running a small service business (Dorothy Parker is my patron saint).  My local manager (in the same location as the first story) called and asked what they should do with the plastic explosive they are finding along the canoe run we operate.  After about 15 seconds of stunned silence, I asked them to explain.  Apparently, the FS had a crew on the creek in a boat with explosives to remove large trees that had fallen during the hurricane.  The boat capsized and they lost all their equipment and plastic explosives.  And apparently expended very little effort to find any of it, and did not bother to notify me at all.  So now we are finding plastic explosives and detonating electronics along the banks of the creek.  God knows what visitors and their kids have been finding and taking home with them.  Apparently the same FS personnel who thought it was an existential safety threat to hold me personally accountable for investigating a possible marijuana smoker has simply ignored a lost load of explosives and did not bother even to tell us it was there.

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