Regina Police Preparing for High Drivers When Legal Marijuana Takes Effect

Article by David Baxter, Global News


Marijuana legalization legislation is expected to be introduced in spring 2017. While weed is expected to be legalized in Canada, driving under the influence of cannabis will not be.

The Regina Police Service (RPS) and police agencies across the country are working to determine the best practices for testing impaired drivers.

Field tests already exist and are practiced, but new technology may be entering the field.

“Like, say a mouth swab, and the saliva is then analyzed at the roadside and there’s a whole bunch of emerging technologies that we’re looking at right now,” RPS Sgt. Ian Barr said.

However, the RPS still has questions about the tests. Like, do they work in -40 degree conditions?

“These technologies not only have to be practical to use in summer and winter, and easy to understand, but they also have to be scientifically backed and accurate.”

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