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Getting high for 8 years on the taxpayer’s dime

But this was not someone on welfare. This was a state paid chemist who abused purchased drugs and cooked her own when needed.

For 8 years!

State chemist was high daily, thousands of drug prosecutions jeopardized
[Via Ars Technica]

A former Massachusetts drug-lab chemist was high on the job nearly every day for eight years, according to a report from the state’s attorney general. The report said that the chemist, Sonja Farak, was under the influence of drugs like crack, meth, LSD, and ketamine as she testified in court in drug cases and while examining drug samples in a crime lab between 2004 and 2013.

The report from AG Maura Healey also said the chemist cooked crack cocaine in a crime lab at night while working overtime.

Anthony Benedetti of the Committee for Public Counsel Services said that “thousands” of drug prosecutions were imperiled. “Anything that went through that lab while she was there is in question,” he told the Boston Globe.

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How does that happen? With all the problems in drug testing facilities, how can there be such lax oversight?

I expect because authoritarians in both parties like it that way. They both can look strong on crime by getting convictions and will look the other way as long as they get convictions.

Maybe we need to change the incentives. Decriminalizing a lot of the drug war would help.

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