The D.C. Pretrial Services agency has announced that beginning January 1, 2012, it will no longer test defendants for marijuana. Till now, anyone charged with any crime in D.C. Superior Court was ordered into urine testing, including pot.

Unfortunately, marijuana can stay in your system for days or weeks after smoking, so many occasional pot smokers found themselves ordered in to drug treatment and denied first time offender status.

To be eligible to do community service, you need 3 consecutive negative urine screens. Not so easy for marijuana smokers.

It would be nice to think that Pretrial Services just woke up to the realization that testing for marijuana use, followed by drug programs, is a waste of time for everyone. But no, the reasons are budgetary. After spending a fortune to test for pot, there wasn’t enough funds to run real programs for hard drug abusers – which were also cut drastically.

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