A new State Police crime lab policy is sparking criticism from a growing number of forensic scientists.
A number of forensic scientists say a new Michigan State Police crime lab policy is leading to unfair criminal charges. The policy says lab reports should not list the origin of THC in marijuana products unless there’s visible plant material in the sample. That allows prosecutors to argue in court that the substance is synthetic THC – which carries heavier penalties than plant-based pot products.
“And if that’s the case, that’s deplorable. All the things I ever taught those students was that you have to be a scientist here. You have to be true to the science and not the political or any other kind of pressure.”
The Michigan State Police says the policy change was needed to create consistency between crime labs across the state.