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Trooper Jerry Partin of the Vermont State Police demonstrates a saliva swab sample that can be tested for the presence of marijuana and other drugs at the VSP barracks in Williston on April 17, 2015.(Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo
MONTPELIER – A bill that would let police use a roadside saliva test to detect marijuana and other drugs has been rejected by a key Senate committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the bill Wednesday by a vote of 4-1. The House of Representatives endorsed the bill in March.
The bill would have authorized police to screen for the presence of cannabis and other substances using a saliva sample rather than a blood sample, which requires a warrant. Drivers who test positive on the roadside would be given another saliva test that could be used as evidence in court.
Unlike with alcohol,