Article by Ryan Kessler, Global News
A new bill introduced in the Manitoba legislature is giving police forces, including Saskatoon Police Service (SPS), more information to consider as they prepare for marijuana legalization.
Manitoba’s Cannabis Harm Prevention Act amends seven previous pieces of legislation, allowing police to suspend a driver’s license at the roadside for 24 hours if an officer suspects the person is high and unable to drive.
When legalized, the bill would require marijuana to be transported in a secure compartment. Ingesting marijuana in a vehicle on the road would also be banned, along with consuming it in an indoor public area.
“I think it’s important for us to watch other jurisdictions. We want to make sure we have the best practices we can as a police service,” said Saskatoon police Chief Clive Weighill.
Currently, police rely solely on physical indicators to determine if a person is driving high.