“The refusal on Thursday, October 18, by Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Sharyland, to publicly submit to a drug test after allegations surfaced that he abuses marijuana and cocaine is evidence that he is using illegal drugs,” says Miriam Martínez, R-Edinburg, his Republican opponent.
Asked by Dave Hendricks with the Monitor newspaper in McAllen if Guerra abuses illegal drugs, the McAllen attorney denied the charges but refused to take the drug test.
Martínez said she would take a drug test as well to prove that she does not abuse illegal substances. She said both of them could be tested by the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is one of the premier state law enforcement agencies in the state.
“I do not use illegal drugs. I am willing again to lead by example,” said Martínez. “I am challenging Bobby Guerra, who I understand continues to use illegal drugs, to take a drug test that would be supervised in public by the local news media. I will take the same drug test at the same time.”
Martínez publicly called on the State Bar of Texas, which is charged, according to its website, with “disciplining lawyers and protecting the public from unethical practitioners”, to launch an investigation into Guerra’s refusal to take a drug test.
“If someone wants to get a job with many cities in Texas, they must agree to first take a drug test to prove they don’t use illegal drugs. This same requirement goes for thousands of other jobs in dozens of industries and professions in Texas, but Bobby Guerra believes he doesn’t have to follow the rules that apply to the rest of us,” Martínez said.
“It is very, very important that the people know that we are willing to prove that we are not using illegal drugs,” she added. “He is desperately delaying taking a drug test because he has something to hide.”
Martínez said at least one state – Colorado – has an existing state law that requires all licensed attorneys to submit to random drug testing.
According to the Denver Bar Association, in a story titled “State Mandates Drug Testing for Attorneys” (The Docket/April 2010), “Legislators approved mandatory drug testing for attorneys licensed in the State of Colorado. Citing the ‘growing trend of substance abuse’ and the need for ‘attorneys to represent their clients…with the utmost professional care and competency,’ the measure requires that all licensed attorneys submit to random drug testing.”
A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen – for example urine, hair, blood, sweat, or oral fluid/saliva – to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites, according to Wikipedia. Major uses of drug testing are to detect the presence of drugs prohibited by laws, such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
House District 41 includes southwest Edinburg, north, central, southeast and portions of west McAllen, Palmhurst, Sharyland, Alton, and portions of Mission and northwest Pharr.
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