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Marijuana Test #290788

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 08, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(NYC) Controversy over use of Emit test used to determine presence of marijuana in individual's urine due to test's fallibility and consequences to those showing positive results examined. Employment action against Casey Trible, Erin McCleod and Ed Burge cited as exs. [TRIBLO, McCLEOD, BURGE - recall impact on their lives.] Extent of such urinalysis testing among private concerns discussed (audio disruptions). [Harvard legal expert Alan DERSHOWITZ - believes companies are assuming police responsibilities.] [American Council on Drug Educ. president Dr. Robert DUPONT - defs. testing.] Emit manufacturer, Syva company of California, noted qualifying accuracy claims of test. [Syva vice president Dr. Rich BASTIANI - warns companies against using unconfirmed results against employees.] [Dr. Arthur McBAY - wouldn't submit to such test himself without competent chemist backing up results.] Triblo's situation and legal challenge to Emits test outlined. [TRIBLO - notes impact on people's lives.] [Amalgamated Transit Workers spokesperson Lee PESCHELL - opposes Emit process.] Arbitrator noted ordering Greyhound to reinstate fired drivers; details given. Navy's approach to problem explained. [Lieutenant Commander John IRVING - wouldn't rely only on Emit test.] [DUPONT - wants users punished.] [DERSHOWITZ - notes Constitution allows for obnoxious practices.] Legal and soc. questions raised by marijuana testing controversy cited.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Dean, Morton

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