Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
With legal cannabis comes new impaired driving laws.
And it ain’t good.
Bill C-46 overhauls impaired driving laws so police now have more power (and the tools) to charge drivers. The Bill also makes it easier for courts to ram through impaired driving cases quicker.
In the same way police do roadside breath tests (more on that in a minute), they can now demand saliva samples to detect the presence of THC, cocaine or meth.
They’ll have to have reasonable suspicion before demanding a test, but more often than not, the term “reasonable” is on a sliding scale. Tilting toward the cop’s favour.
Of course, there are no such devices to test for impairment via saliva.
Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will decide which devices are approved for use, but officials told the Senate committee that they have no idea when these devices will be ready.
There will also be a 30-day public consultation before the devices can be used, but we all know how well public consultations went for legalization.
And of course, what exactly will a saliva sample reveal? That I smoked a joint last night? Or even two weeks ago? THC stays in the body long after impairment has worn off. And cannabis only impairs when your tolerance is low.
It’s not alcohol. People are capable of micro-dosing cannabis and going about their day (including driving) without incident.
It’s been happening for, literally, decades.
And besides, saliva testing is pretty dumb because when you’re stoned out of your mind since you don’t produce much saliva anyway.