Drug Testing

State effort to legalize marijuana goes up in smoke

Jun 19, 2019
Sen. Liz Krueger

Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) - who introduced New York's measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana - says the effort has gone up in smoke. In a statement released late Wednesday morning, Krueger said "it is clear the measure will not pass this session," but called it only "a delay," not the "end of the road."

Chris Caya WBFO News

The latest New York State Labor Department figures put the Buffalo area's jobless rate at 4.5% in March, its lowest level in nearly 30 years. With workers harder to find and a push on to legalize marijuana in New York, some employers may stop drug testing in order to fill open positions.

New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

Drug testing results that led to severe punishment for 57 prisoners at Attica Correctional Facility have been proven inaccurate.

The tests detected the use of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. Pressure applied by friends and family members forced prison officials to review the tests, and the testing materials were found to be faulty. Peter Cutler, the Director of Public Information for the New York State Department of Corrections, claims many of tested prisoners will be given a reprieve.