These are the top stories for Thursday morning, June 20.
Day 4 of the bench trial for 19-year-old Caden Charnetski has come to a close. Charnetski’s performance on the field sobriety test was brought back up in court. Forensic toxicologist, Elizabeth Spratt took the stand testifying that according to her analysis, Charnetski was impaired from active THC at the time of the crash. The defense rebutted that Charnetski’s tremors, and bloodshot eyes could also have been trauma symptoms after the tragic crash. The trial continues today.
A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York has failed. The legislative session ended yesterday before state leaders could reach a consensus on several key details. Despite broad support for legalization and polls showing its statewide popularity, lawmakers couldn’t agree on the many details of legalization, such as how tax revenue should be spent, or whether past marijuana convictions should be dropped.
One bill that did pass was the farm laborers fair labor practices act. It gives workers rights like collective bargaining and at least 24 consecutive hours of rest a week. Opponents say it’s going to be costly for farmers and consumers.