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Minister tests positive for dope.

A MINISTER tested positive for cannabis yesterday at a session demonstrating a drugs testing machine's capabilities.

Welsh Assembly social justice minister Edwina Hart had not used drugs.

But results showed her hands were contaminated with traces of the substance, from door handles, money or other public areas.

She said: 'You could pick it up from anywhere, couldn't you?'

Conservative AM William Graham, who arranged for police to demonstrate the drug testing machine at the Assembly, also tested positive for cannabis.

He said: 'I can't think where I could have got it from.'

AMs lined up to have swabs of their hands tested by the Ion Track narcotics machine. Jonathan Morgan and Owen Jon Thomas both came up clean on the machine.

Welsh Conservatives leader Nick Bourne also got a clear result.

He later told AMs: 'May I pay tribute to the Ion Track system, despite the fact that both the minister and William Graham tested positive on it.

I was relieved that I didn't, but it is an excellent system nevertheless.'

The Ion Track machine can detect traces of drugs or explosives several days after a person has come into contact with them, even if they wash their hands.

It is so sensitive it can detect the equivalent in drugs of a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool
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