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Arbitrator had right to reinstate Shen bus driver who tested positive for marijuana, court rules

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An arbitrator did not overstep his bounds in reinstating a Shenendehowa Central School District bus driver who tested positive for marijuana, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The school district had moved to fire the bus driver, Cynthia DiDomenicantonio, after a random drug test in October 2009 noted the presence of marijuana. After an arbitrator ruled that she be reinstated, essentially imposing a six-month suspension without pay, the district took the case to court, arguing ...

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February 12, 2013
11:15 p.m.

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"The arbitrator ruled she was under the influence of the drug because she tested positive for it."

This statement reveals how ill-informed people are about the toxcivity of pot, even at the highest levels of our society. Marijuana can stay in your system for 30 days after consuming it and after a few hours of smoking it, you are no longer intoxicated. There needs to be an education effort of marijuana that's based in truth and science, not reefer madness.

Whether the bus driver was intoxicated at the time she was driving kids should be the main criterior for determining the woman's punishment. She didn't deserve to be fired and the reporter Steve Cook offered no context as to what kind of employee she was, if she had a history of discipline problems or was cited as bus driver of the year. It's unfortunate that the school district decided to fight this case and appeal the decision like they did. What a waste of time, resources and money.