Mounties in Newfoundland and Labrador to soon be armed with new drug-screening devices

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It won’t be long before Newfoundland and Labrador’s RCMP is equipped with portable roadside drug-screening devices, the police service has announced. Representing another tool to aid officers with suspected cannabis drug-impaired driving investigations, the devices “will be rolling out to various areas of the province in the near future,” according to the RCMP . In the next few weeks, 21 such devices will be distributed in locations across the province. OPP satisfied with cannabis impairment detection tools despite study Researchers say they’ve pinpointed how long THC is impairing, with smoking having shorter times than ingestion People of colour could be disproportionately disciplined if hair samples used in drug testing The drug-screening device operates by conducting a rapid drug test using an oral swab from the driver suspected of being cannabis drug-impaired. It registers as a pass or fail, with the latter “indicating that the driver has active cannabis levels that are above the legal limit.” The legal limit is two nanograms of THC per millilitre in whole blood, notes information from the provincial government . If that is the case, the driver could be arrested for drug-impaired driving as the police probe continues. For those thinking about refusing to comply with a demand for a sample, a criminal charge could be laid that “carries the same penalties, upon conviction, as impaired driving.” Drivers in Newfoundland and Labrador found to be driving while impaired “will face driver licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundment and/or time in jail,” notes the provincial government. If a person has more than five nanograms of THC per mL of blood, that could mean a fine or imprisonment, “with 30 days in jail as the mandatory minimum for repeat offenders.” Those under the age of 22, commercial drivers and novice drivers cannot have “any detectable presence of cannabis…

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