Federal government approves roadside drug test technology

Published: August 31, 2018

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The federal government has green-lit a new roadside test method that will help police find drivers under the influence of drugs. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the approval this week.

Drager DrugTest 5000is the first government-approved saliva screening technology to be used by roadside law enforcement. It can test THC levels, allowing police to see how much of the main psychoactive ingredient for marijuana is in the driver’s system.

Because the federal government has green-lit the system, Drager DrugTest 5000 can be deployed to police nationwide. However, Ottawa says individual police forces are still able to choose which drug testing equipment they use.

Manufacturers of the Drager DrugTest 5000 say they can build enough units to be deployed within four to six weeks. That would mean the system is in place before the Cannabis Act comes into effect on Oct. 14, allowing Canadians to consumer marijuana recreationally.

Ontario Revises Sales Model

Earlier this week, the new Progressive Conservative government in Ontario revealed it was changing the retail model initially created by the former Liberal government.

In a statement, Ontario says it will allow cannabis to be sold online as soon as the Cannabis Act is started, but pot will not be available in private physical retail stores until early in 2019. In an announcement on Monday, the new conservative government said it is reversing plans implemented by the former Liberal government to allow cannabis to be sold through publicly owned retailers.