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Canada now has a second saliva test in it's DUI enforcement arsenal

The Justice Minister in Canada has approved a second device to test for the presence of THC in drivers suspected of cannabis intoxication. The Abbott SoToxa will (allegedly) be able to determine the presence of intoxicating substances in the suspect’s saliva. The Abbot SoToxa joins the Drager DrugTest 5000 as the only roadside tests approved for use in Canada. These tests will only be allowed to be used as a primary means of determining intoxication and will lead to further roadside and blood tests to confirm intoxication while driving.

While Canadian courts have not ruled on the legal use of these devices, defense attorneys have already indicated skepticism as to the validity of their results and their intent to challenge the legal use of the devices in court.

Do you think these tests will ultimately be approved for use? What will the societal impact be? Do you feel the results will be challenged in court? Will convictions result or will these devices join other obsolete police tools of the past? @Canadians input would be especially nice here. How will these devices impact you and your “driving habits”?

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The device has some limitations that questions its proficiency as a proof for impaired driving. It could be the beginning of the evolving path and experience needed to develop more efficient tools. I think having these devices are positive, even if they have limitations. Mainly to message irresponsible individuals, especially those who consume cannabis with alcohol, that they can be caught. However, the main investment should be on increasing the awareness and education on risks and consequences of driving high to help drivers make informative personal decisions on if they should drive or not. We all know that the effects are very personal.


This test will give the ability to move towards a blood test. This should allow police to go back to having a suspicion of intoxification. Before they can order a test to be performed. As Canada had abolished that common sense of freedom. Over the fear of the unknown of ending Marijuana prohibition.


What is cannabis intoxification anyway?

Are they concerned that people will be laid back, or paranoid and thus driving carefully so they don’t get pulled over?

More vehicular incidents and deaths are obviously caused by people operating under the influence of unbalanced emotions - road rage anyone? Why don’t they test for that?