Asthmatics may run into trouble with roadside testing

According to Ottawa-based criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt, the federal law necessitating mandatory roadside breathalyzer tests unfairly targets individuals with health conditions that can prevent them from providing a breath sample. In December 2018, changes to both drug and alcohol impaired driving were implemented as part of the former Bill C-46, providing law enforcement new … Continued

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New roadside cannabis saliva testing device approved

The Canadian federal government has approved a new roadside tester despite manufacturer warnings of potential problems during test operation in cold weather. Following a 30-day public consultation, Justice Minister David Lametti approved the saliva-testing machine, SoToxa, manufactured by Abbott (previously known as Alere). The new tester cannot test for drug impairment, but can “presumptively confirm … Continued

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Edmonton sees spike in drug-impaired drivers

According to a recently released report by the Edmonton Police Commission, there has been a significant increase in the number of people arrested for driving while drug impaired, including under the influence of cannabis, between the period of October 2018 (when recreational use of cannabis was legalized) and April 2019. During these six months, the … Continued

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Zero tolerance of cannabis use for central Alberta bus drivers

One Alberta bus company, Prairie Lines, has banned its employees from consuming cannabis altogether, even when they are on a vacation. As part of this zero-tolerance policy on cannabis consumption, applicants for job posts with the bus line are screened for unauthorized drug and alcohol use before being hired and beginning the training process.  Moreover, random … Continued

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Gold-label races to implement out-of-competition drug testing

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced its decision of approval for out-of-competition drug testing for IAAF Gold Label races, which include the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, and the Ottawa 10K run. Out-of-competition testing is drug testing that can be done on the athletes in the pool at any … Continued

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Mail in drug testing operation opens in Vancouver

A Vancouver-based drug advocate, Dana Larsen, has offered Canadians the opportunity to mail him their street drugs to get tested for safety before use. Larsen is the director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, and according to his website, he tests drugs seven days a week, by mail or in person. “I have launched a new … Continued

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DOT contemplates hair testing

For three years now, the US federal government has been developing new guidelines for drug testing truck drivers to control drug use on the job. According to experts, it will take another three years before the new guidelines become fully established. As more states legalize recreational cannabis use, the government aims to implement federal standards … Continued

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The truth about poppy seeds and drug testing

Although it may seem highly unlikely that eating a poppy seed muffin or a bagel with poppy seeds could make you test positive for opiates when taking a drug test if you are not a drug user, the results of scientific studies say otherwise. Commercially-available poppy seeds are collected from the seed pods of opium … Continued

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28 days of no cannabis required for Canadian flight crews

Following the legalization of recreational use of cannabis in October 2018, Transport Canada launched a review of its policies on impairment. According to the new policy implemented by the agency, employees are forbidden from work while “under the influence of any drug,” including cannabis. As part of this new rule, members of the Canadian aviation … Continued

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