5. CHRONICLE AM: NJ LEGALIZATION BILL ADVANCES, NYC TIMES SQUARE ADS
TARGET GOVERNOR OVER OVERDOSES, MORE... (11/27/18)
New Jersey's marijuana legalization bill is finally moving, activists in
New York City target the governor over safe injection sites, South Korea becomes the first East Asian nation to approve medical marijuana, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2018/nov/27/chronicle_am_nj_legalization
Monroe County resident Dasha Fincher filed the lawsuit in mid-November
against Monroe County, the two deputies who arrested her, and the
company that makes the drug test. The lawsuit argues that the Monroe
County Sheriff's Office was reckless and negligent and violated her
According to the lawsuit, the car Fincher was riding in was pulled over
on New Year's Eve 2016 because of a dark window tint, the deputies said,
even though they later admitted the windows were legal. Deputies Cody
Maples and Allen Henderson spotted a large open plastic bag inside the
vehicle, and Fincher explained that it was cotton candy.
The deputies didn't believe Fincher and used a roadside field drug test
which they said indicated there was meth in the bag. She was then
arrested, hauled off to jail, and charged with meth trafficking and
possession of meth with intent to distribute. Her bond was set at $1
million, which she was unable to come up with, so she sat in jail for
the next four months.
In March 2017, Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab test results revealed
that the substance was not an illegal drug, but Fincher sat in jail for
another month before prosecutors finally dropped the charges.
The lawsuit says the drug test is the Nark II, manufactured by North Carolina-based Sirchie Acquisitions. That particular field drug test is
known for producing errant results. In Georgia alone, police using the
Nark II to field test drugs have wrongfully arrested at least 30 people (http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/i-team/innocent-georgians-jailed-over-false-positives-from-drug-field-test-kits),
including a man with breath mints (positive for crack), a teacher with
Goody's Headache Powder (positive for cocaine), and a couple with
vitamins (positive for ecstasy).
In all those cases, as in Fincher's, lab test results from the Bureau of Investigation found no presence of illegal substances. But in all those
cases, the exonerating results came only weeks or months later, after
the harm to innocent Georgians had already been done.
The Nark II is still in wide use in Georgia. The manufacturer, Sirchie,
defends itself by saying: "Our NARK presumptive drug tests are
presumptive only. All samples should be sent to a crime lab for
confirmation." But too many Georgia law enforcement agencies clearly
don't bother to wait for confirmation before making life-changing
arrests. And the state of Georgia doesn't even require police officers
to be trained on how to do the tests. As a result, innocent Georgians
are being wrongfully arrested and jailed. And now, perhaps, at least one
of these law enforcement agencies, will have to pay for its wrongdoing.
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