Vancouver lawyers planning legal action over approved roadside drug test

first_imgIt hasn’t been used yet, but a legal challenge is already being mounted against the newly-approved device to keep drug-impaired drivers off Canadian roads next month when recreational pot is no longer illegal.Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee says there’s evidence the Dräger drug test 5000 (THC testing device) –which screens saliva– is ‘invasive’ and time-consuming. Not only that, but it may not be as accurate as originally thought.“We’ll be filing a challenge to the use of this device from basically the first case that we get where somebody is tested using [the Drager test],” explains Lee, who adds it’s just a matter of waiting for Oct. 17–legalization day.Lee says her firm –Acumen Law– is independently testing the device using cannabis produced by the Alberta-based company Sweetgrass. She says the test has false positive and negative rates as high as 15 per cent.“There are concerns about the device’s functioning in cold temperatures as the temperature range is four degrees to 40 degrees Celcius,” which, she says, is obviously concerning.“You can’t use it outside of those temperatures ranges, which is a significant portion of the country for a large percentage of the year.”We’ve reached out for a response from the European makers of the $6,000 device approved on Monday by Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, but they haven’t been available yet.last_img

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