What is a ‘Drug Recognition Expert’?

Is New York State on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana? The short answer–probably.

A Siena College poll showed that 56 percent of New York voters surveyed support the legalization of marijuana.

With the State legislative session over, it will not occur this year, but a study ordered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recommends that the state legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational, adult use.

State Trooper, Drug Recognition Expert Derik Plaisted

After flip-flopping on the issue, the governor has gone from calling marijuana a “gateway” drug to “facts have changed” on marijuana and that, as a result, state policy may have to, as well.

This could leave police agencies in a lurch. Unlike alcohol and driving, there is no acceptable legal test in New York for determining marijuana intoxication in the blood.

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