Recreational cannabis use will be legal in just over two months and law enforcement across the country are busy preparing to test for drug-impaired drivers. 

"There has been some information released in relation to the federal government looking to approve a saliva testing device," explained Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "They are in the process right now. That device is the Draeger Drug Test 5000."

The device has already been used in other countries already and is designed to test for marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs.

"We are waiting patiently for that to run its course through the federal government process and once that is approved and put into law then we will begin the acquisition process to ensure that we have those devices."

The device will allow the officers to do the test on the side of the road and give them further grounds to either request a blood test or an examination by a drug recognition expert.

"We're getting down to the wire, it's coming in October, so hopefully we will be able to get these devices fairly quickly and I'm confident that we will."

The devices, when they arrive will be assigned to a car.

"When an officer comes in, we wouldn't assign each officer with an individual testing device because it would become quite expensive. What happens is the officer signs these out at the start of the shift, they take them on patrol with them, when they're done, they sign them back in."

Ladouceur notes, however, that the devices aren't the only way that police can detect drivers who are impaired by drugs. 

"We have two trained drug recognition experts that can certainly do the testing required without that instrument. We have numerous officers being trained in standardized field sobriety testing also."

He added that drugged driving is not something that is new to the EPS and they have been dealing with it for years.

"Legislation and legalization of cannabis is new but people have been using cannabis for years, we all know that. So to think that come legalization we are going to have hundreds of impaired drivers by drug, I don't think is completely valid. I think we might see an increase but the reality at the end of the day is it's not something new to police." 

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