Article by Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun
The federal government is acting “extremely sloppy and risky,” when it comes to new drug-impaired driving rules as Canadians prepare to legally smoke pot on Oct. 17, according to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“The government wants to keep its political promise but it’s doing so at the expense of people’s civil liberties,” insisted Michael Bryant, executive director of the association.
“Basically the science (of THC level testing in drivers) is in its infancy on this front so instead of determining a test for impairment that was reliable, they seemed to have thrown up their hands and said, ‘Let’s go with this unreliable approach.’ And that’s unacceptable.”
Bryant, a former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister, explained further:
Q. What is murky about the new drug-impaired driving laws?
A. There is a risk when you smoke cannabis that a chemical compound remains in your body for a period of time long after which you’re intoxicated or impaired. So there’s a risk that people who are not impaired will be charged and convicted of a crime because the law assumes that the level of the compound in your body reflects intoxication when in fact the science it’s extremely murky on that front.