Drug Law

Indiana Drug Lab Botched 10% of Tests; 25% on Purpose

| by NORML

By "Radical" Russ Belville

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — An Indiana state lab wrongly reported 1 in 10 marijuana cases as positive, including some that were deliberately manipulated, an audit report indicated.

The audit’s findings showed errors in about 200 of 2,000 marijuana tests reported to law enforcement as having positive results, the Star said. This includes about 50 results the report said were consciously manipulated by lab workers.

The audit, conducted by outside scientists, was originally going to cover every case with a positive lab result from 2007 to 2009 — more than 10,000 overall.

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But the initial findings are so troubling [officials] will probably extend the audit back to 2006.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/02/03/Errors-found-in-Ind-state-drug-test-lab/UPI-12581296750524/#ixzz1DXNh9gBy

Every positive marijuana case falsely reported is someone who was wrongly suspected, wrongly convicted, or wrongly charged with a probation or parole violation.  No drug detection technology is perfect, but a 10% failure rate and 25% manipulation rate is an unacceptable measure for revoking someone’s liberty.  How many swore to loved ones they had stopped using cannabis only to have their trust shattered with a 1-in-10 mistake from the drug lab?

Prohibitionists will read this story and say the problem is solved by improving the technology and verifying the procedures, never pausing to consider whether it’s right or necessary to inspect people’s bodies for evidence of cannabis use.