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TLC Will no Longer Test NYC drivers for Marijuana

Posted by Daniel Ackman | May 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

The TLC has announced it will stop testing drivers for marijuana. Why now? Because pot is now legal in New York State. But why did it ever test for the drug in the first place? It's well known that the residue of the drug can stay in a user's system for weeks. So if a driver fails an annual test, that result does not show or even suggest that the driver was ever intoxicated while on duty. Meanwhile, the number of drivers who have been found to be under the influence while on duty is pretty close to zero.

The real motivation for testing for pot likely comes from a TLC commissioner wanting to play soldier in the war on drugs. Now they are stopping. It's not that the effects of marijuana has changed-- not at all. It's just that the leaders on the drug wars have changed tactics. 

The result of testing has been that over the years many safe drivers have had their licenses revoked for testing positive. Meanwhile, the TLC has never tested for alcohol even though booze has always cause way more accidents than pot. The move away from testing for marijuana exposes the regime for what it was.

The new plan is said to be related to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in New York state. But if the testing was because of passenger safety, then why does legalization make a difference? So if legalization is the spur, it merely exposes the phoniness of safety as the rationale for testing for so many years.

The Law Office of Daniel Ackman has had some success suing over drug testing in Ashraf v. Laboratory Corporation of America. If your license was revoked due to a positive drug test, maybe we can help.

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Daniel Ackman

D​​an Ackman focuses on civil rights, administrative and constitutional class action litigation. Perhaps best known for representing New York City's taxi drivers in a series of civil rights class action lawsuits, Ackman's cases have resulted in a half dozen City practices being declared unconstitutional.

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