South Carolina Mulls Making Sale Of Urine A Felony

South Carolina Mulls Making Sale Of Urine A Felony
Posted by FoM on February 27, 1999 at 08:16:18 PT

Columbia, SC: Legislation proposed by Sen. David Thomas (R-Greenville) seeks to crack down on individuals who attempt to skirt a drug test by using someone else's urine. 
General Bill 277 makes "selling or purchasing urine with intent to defraud a drug screening test a felony" punishable by up to five years in jail.   "Legislators must not have much to do if they have time to consider this measure," NORML's R. Keith Stroup said. "Consider the irony here. Failing a drug test is not a crime, but trying to pass it would be a felony under this measure. This proposal illustrates the disproportionality of the 'war on drugs.'"   Kenneth Curtis, owner of Privacy Protection Services, a Marietta-based company that markets urine substitution kits, surmises that the measure is in response to the ability of products like his to thwart a urine test. "Lawmakers are trying to shoot the messenger here," he said. "This situation is an example of law enforcement encroachment into what is now mostly a private sector testing business. People should be concerned about government officials that would support over stepping into private sector testing."   Thomas argues that his legislation is necessary because "the safety of the public is at stake here." His measure awaits action by the Senate Judiciary Committee.   For more information, please contact either Keith Stroup of NORML   (202) 483-5500 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751. Kenneth Curtis of Privacy Protection Services may be contacted   (864) 836-4341.
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