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As part of a larger bill that takes drug testing for state welfare and unemployment to a new even more stringent level, West Virginia news station WSAZ (Channel 3) reports that proposed drug testing for drivers licenses would begin with a prospective driver’s first attempt at gaining a license.
Additional information revealed by WSAZ discusses that drivers would have to pass a drug test three times before being able to obtain their West Virginia drivers license—once to get a learner’s permit, once for the intermediate West Virginia driver’s license, and finally, pass one more drug test to obtain a full license with all driver benefits.
“I think it’s crazy, way too far. No one wants to pee in a cup three times for the government. Even people who drive professionally with Class A licenses aren’t under that kind of pressure. It’s like these representatives want a police state,” says Suzanna Miller, a West Virginia native.
While some argue it will deter drug use within the state of West Virginia, others disagree. “These politicians say they want smaller government, then they want to have us taxpayers foot the bill for three drug tests per driver in the state? That’s not smaller government and it’s a lot closer to the communism they claim Obama is part of,” states a local West Virginian and business owner, Markus Powell.
In April of 2012 West Virginia passed a measure that mandates drug testing for those who partake in job and training programs funded by the government, but according to commentators on the original story posted in Charleston, West Virginia, most state residents find this measure acceptable.
“It’s not that we oppose having to pass a drug test for anything, it’s that we oppose having to pass a drug test for everything,” says marijuana legislation topic blogger, Dave Dawkins, adding, “People want to feel free, and they won’t feel really very free if they have to pass a urine test three times for a driver’s license. I doubt this measure will pass in West Virginia, but that won’t keep them from trying and using this as a platform to make drug testing for welfare seem totally status quo.”
Since Colorado voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, there have been concerns about contradictions that now exist between state and federal laws — including a contentious debate about workplace regulation. One Denver CEO told us that legal pot will make it hard for him to hire people, because he has to maintain a drug-free environment. But an A64 backer tells us that many employers are misguided — and that businesses don’t have to do drug testing.
Last week Jeffrey Popiel, president and CEO of a Denver-based company called Geotech, which manufactures and sells environmental equipment, told us that his biggest concern with the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol measure is that he’ll have to turn away candidates for jobs, because even though state law says they can now smoke, it doesn’t change policies at his company.
Intelligent Fingerprinting, a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia, has been awarded £425,000 by the Biomedical Catalyst – a programme run by the Medical Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board to accelerate innovative health-care products.
Intelligent Fingerprinting has developed drug screening technology to analyse the sweat in a fingerprint to reveal the recent drug-use history of an individual.
It provides results in 10 minutes using a portable hand-held device.
A £135,000 award will fund a project in partnership with the University of Leicester to research the feasibility of using this technology for drug screening A&E patients on admission to hospital.
Suncor Energy, Total E&P Canada and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. recently announced a pilot study of randomized drug testing as part of the Drug and Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep, held April 30 to May 11, resulted in 287 commercial bus and truck drivers being removed from the roads. More than 128 companies face enforcement actions as a result of the two-week sweep.