It has only been a month since the Canadian cannabis shops were opened upon entry The new legalization law But the federal police have already announced that the main concern of opponents of the move has not materialized.
According to official data released by the Canadian police, there has been no increase in the number of drivers caught under the influence of cannabis during the past month and even before that - although cannabis is legal.
In a new report, police representatives in various provinces in Canada said they had found no evidence of an increase in traffic accidents due to the use of cannabis, although some noted that it was too early to establish an absolute figure.
"In our department there is certainly no increase in driving data under the influence of cannabis," said Sergeant Joe Cantello of the New Brunswick police.
In British Columbia, the public prosecution stated that during 3 weeks after legalization 43 recorded XENUMX-related driving offenses, compared to 52 in the weeks prior to legalization.
Toronto police reported that since the beginning of 2018, 58 recorded driving offenses under the influence of Cannabis, including 2 alone, after cannabis became legal last month, compared with 60 offenses recorded in the entire year of 2017.
In the Halifax area (Nova Scotia) there has not been a single offense of driving under the influence of Cannabis since legalization. In the province of Quebec only 2018 traffic violations related to cannabis have been recorded since the beginning of 252, compared with 319 in the year 2017 and 310 in the year 2016.
According to some police officials, the common problem they face is not driving under the influence of cannabis, but the possession of cannabis in the vehicle while driving. "Most of the crimes related to cannabis and driving that have occurred since it was approved for legalization in the country are related to improper storage of cannabis in a vehicle or passengers [non-drivers] who smoke during the trip."
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On the other hand, consumer and cannabis consumers are currently in the eye of the storm when it comes to driving under the influence of cannabis.
On the one hand, medical cannabis patients have again been considered criminals once they get on the wheel, it's light Ruling A traffic court judge in Petach Tikvah last week, which ruled out the prime minister's ruling that patients are allowed to drive 3 hours after consuming cannabis.
On the other hand, the amendment to the Traffic Ordinance, known as "Law of the Rock", Was finally approved recently and entered the records. According to this law, any driving with the remains of cannabis in the body is considered a serious offense, while the state ignores the fact that these remains may remain for two weeks or more after use.
The police Offer Patients have a program that will allow them to travel freely on public transportation instead of driving themselves by car. Consumers of cannabis for recreational purposes await "Cannabis Owl"A new one that is expected to be launched soon, as we first discovered in the magazine.
In light of the fact that the new saliva testing device may be mistaken for 10% of the cases, according to studies in Canada, lawyers are already planning to appeal to the Supreme Court to argue against its use by the police.