Canada’s roadside drug tests can’t tell the difference between tea and cocaine

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7
May
2019

The reliability of Canada’s only federally approved device for roadside cannabis impairment testing has been thrown into question after a Vancouver lawyer determined the device is easily duped, writes Calvin Hughes.

While preparing to roll out cannabis legalization in October of 2018, the Canadian government introduced a new roadside cannabis impairment testing device called the Dräger DrugTest 5000. However, a series of tests have found that it’s surprisingly easy to get a false positive using the machine.

The device is supposed to be able to tell the difference between whether someone had been consuming a cannabis product with THC – the chief intoxicating compound in the plant – or CBD, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound used to treat anxiety and other medical conditions without getting the consumer high.

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