Here’s what we learned this week:
The federal government approved a cannabis testing device for drivers, the Drager DrugTest 5000, in August.
But the country’s police forces are unconvinced. Earlier this month, Ottawa’s police chief said his force wouldn’t be buying the gadgets, saying the devices gave to false positives, false negatives and are unreliable in the cold.
This week, three Western police chiefs weighed in.
“The machine is very temperature-sensitive, and we live in Saskatchewan,” pointed out Regina’s Evan Bray. Regina’s police have ordered one device, and are hoping better-quality methods come along.
Vancouver police aren’t going to use it at all. “Our experts have looked at it, and it doesn’t meet our requirements, so we’re going to pass on this one,” said police chief Adam Palmer.
And Edmonton‘s police have “very few” of the gadgets, which Rod Knecht called “bulky and difficult to use.”
“We know every time we use it, we’re going to get a not guilty plea,” he said. “That’s going to plug up the court system.”