Should police officers be allowed to drug test drivers on the spot? In some states, the practice of field drug testing is becoming more common. Law enforcement officers have been able to administer breathalizer tests to drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, however new laws are permitting invasive blood tests to be administered by trained law enforcement personnel when drugs are the suspected problem and a breath tests won’t suffice.
In some situations people are arguing that these tests create more public harm than good. One mother of four tested positive for drugs in her system after being given a blood test by police. Her family took months to post bail and to hire an attorney. It took a while to reveal that the initial test may have been a false positive.
Some claim certain food items can cause a false positive test and have failed field tests as contraband. Items such as chocolate chip cookies, loose tea, sage, and even Krispy Creme donuts or Jolly Ranchers.
The new law allowing law enforcement to administer field drug tests and get an e-warrant within minutes may be threatened by individuals who support the Marijuana Policy Project. The project compiled evidence and a list of items that failed field tests and issued false positive readings leadings. Arrests under false positives are harmful to innocent citizens and MPP is seeking to have field test laws removed as a result.