Edmonton Police Earmark $300,000 for Roadside Saliva Tests to Detect Cannabis

Article by Kevin Mailmann, The Star

Edmonton police earmark $300,000 for roadside saliva tests to detect cannabis By KEVIN MAIMANNStarMetro Edmonton. A man undergoes a sobriety test before being detained at an LAPD police checkpoint in Reseda, Calif. Edmonton’s Supt. Al Murphy said no police agency in Canada is “anywhere near” meeting new federal training guidelines yet. (MARK RALSTON / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Nearly a third of the funding police are getting to prepare for marijuana legalization will go toward a device not yet approved by the government.

City council approved $1.4 million last month for EPS to deal with one-time and ongoing cannabis legalization costs in 2018.

At a police commission meeting Thursday, where police revealed more details about where that money will be spent, Supt. Al Murphy said $300,000 is earmarked for devices designed to detect the presence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in a motorist’s saliva.

The federal government has not yet approved any such devices for roadside use and has not indicated when that might happen.

Murphy said the funding is an “unfortunate necessity,” as police need to be prepared when it happens.

“It’s a high cost, but it’s necessary if you want a test that’s specific enough to differentiate between different drugs,” he said.

Murphy said police are estimating on the high end, assuming each test will run $75 to $100 and that police will conduct 4,000 tests a year.

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