“The United States today incarcerates more people, both in absolute numbers and per capita, than any other nation in the world.” This easily research-able fact came from the Vermont ACLU website. Our jails are so full that we ship our citizens over 1,300 miles from family to an out-of-state, for-profit mill.

Meanwhile, we are spending our limited resources on the developers of roadside marijuana testing equipment. The physical properties of marijuana include the fact testable residue can be found long after any effects related to its medicinal or recreational use remain.

Imagine being detained because you had a beer two days ago. From the Nov. 3 New York Times: “Alcohol breath tests, a linchpin of the criminal justice system, are often unreliable, a Times investigation found. In the past year, more than 30,000 test results were thrown out by judges in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Other challenges are moving through the courts in states across the country." ("These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them," Nov. 3, 2019)

If the lynchpin of ETOH testing is now in grave doubt — how can we rush forward to invest in an apparently not-ready-for-prime-time system that appears, under court inspection, to be prone to such administration inaccuracies? Even having recognized ETOH levels apparently has not guaranteed accuracy — and there are no recognized marijuana blood levels.

Shouldn’t our scarce resources be spent in a better way? Surely, device manufacturers don’t put profits first? Maybe we should ask Boeing.

Michael Meninger

Worcester

(1) comment

Kirk

Maybe just behave yourself and there will be no incarceration and/or worries :-/

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