Edmonton police will purchase roadside test devices for marijuana, but Calgary isn’t buying in
The Edmonton Police Service has announced it will be purchasing roadside testing devices to measure marijuana consumption, but Calgary’s police are still proceeding with caution.
Edmonton police will be purchasing the Drager DrugTest 5000, a device that measures THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis), amphetamines and cocaine levels in saliva.
The device was green-lit by the federal government in August.
Cheryl Voordenhout, Edmonton police spokesperson, said the force will be purchasing a number of the devices this fall on a trial basis.
“Future purchasing decisions will be based on evaluation of the Drager 5000’s performance in the field, as well as development and federal approval of other roadside testing devices in the coming months,” she wrote in an email.
No date has been set on when the devices will be in the hands of Edmonton police, she added in an interview.
But the Calgary Police Service isn’t buying in. The Drager DrugTest 5000 is the only approved roadside THC testing device in Canada at the moment, but the force said it’s anticipating several more will soon be approved.
“The Calgary Police Service, in consultation with other law enforcement agencies, will make a selection of one of those devices when they become available,” a police spokesperson said.
The test system DrugTest 5000 is developed by German company Drager.