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  • Post Time Posted November 15, 2018
According to law enforcement across the country there has yet to be a spike in marijuana-impaired driving in the month since legalization. However, they say users need to become more aware of laws around storing marijuana in a vehicle and passengers smoking.

The Canadian Press spoke to police organizations across the country and while some said it was still too early to tell whether impaired driving due to cannabis had increased, others said initial numbers and anecdotal impressions don't suggest higher driving impairment cases.

Provinces and territories established their own laws around cannabis storage in vehicles, but for the most part it must be in closed packaging and out of reach from the driver.

Many police organizations say they have come across instances where drivers are not properly storing cannabis in their vehicle, or  passengers are smoking while in a moving vehicle, both of which are illegal in most provinces.

The federal government approved the Drager DrugTest 5000 for roadside cannabis-impairment testing, but so far no police force across the country has began using them. The test, many lawyers say, are highly disputable in court due to its shortcomings in colder weather and its lack of ability to determine whether the driver is actually impaired at the time of testing.

Currently, law enforcement use verbal and physical challenges to determine the impairment of drivers on cannabis or any other substance.

Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/early-data-suggests-no-spike-in-pot-impaired-driving-after-legalization-police-1.4178044

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