“Duty” was given the floor on Monday, to researchers who have established that it is impossible to detect the level of cannabis intoxication by analyzing only the saliva, blood, or urine of an individual.
The opinion of experts on the detection of cannabis in drivers feeds the criticism of the opposition parties in Quebec, which condemn and sometimes the willingness of the federal, and sometimes the intention of the government Couillard to impose the zero tolerance to fans of marijuana that will be driving.
The Duty was given the floor on Monday, to researchers who have established that it is impossible to detect the level of cannabis intoxication by analyzing only the saliva, blood, or urine of an individual. They also noticed that the presence of THC — the active ingredient of the most important cannabis — in the saliva does not necessarily equate to the sensation of psychoactive effects.
“When it is said that the federal government was not ready, it is the most beautiful demonstration,” responded the deputy pq’s Sylvain Pagé. “What argue these experts is another element arguing for a postponement of the entry into force of the legalisation of cannabis in July 2018 “, has also said the caquiste Simon Jolin-Barrette.
In Québec solidaire, Amir Khadir, has chosen to reserve its comments as to the place of the troops of Justin Trudeau. “It is not necessary to exhaust its capacity to be indignant,” he suggested.
The elected Mercier, physician career, has offered instead to rely on the science and the current provisions in the criminal Code.
“We should stick to what has been approved […], that is to ask the officer to do his sobriety test standard “, he suggested, referring to these audits that include asking a driver to stand on one foot or walking and turning around. Would then an intervention in the course of which the police would decide “if there are methods that are more intrusive” to apply, he added.
“But even a test [urine or blood, for example] may not hold the road in front of the courts, since the defense can say : there is no evidence as established by science,” said Amir Khadir.
For this, it was suggested that a ” committee [advisory] scientist, trained by the best experts, to continue the evolution of our knowledge “.
The elected, has rejected the approach of “zero tolerance” advocated by the liberals of Philippe Couillard.
“It is hardly acceptable in a society where, in addition, it is said that people can consume marijuana for recreational use, and where one knows that marijuana remains in the blood for days,” he said.
Sylvain Pagé, the Parti québécois, suggested a very different approach. “When in doubt, we refrain of zero tolerance “, a-t-it summary.
In his view, the” willingness “of the federal government will create” bad situations “, both for the police than for citizens.
“Given that the data will be very little evidence, there are strong chances that people who will contest in Court end up winning the case “, he said.
The elected parti québécois said it is proud to the companies that have reported, during the consultations on the marijuana, in need of “12 to 18 months” to develop systems of reliable detection of THC.
“The federal government would have had to give himself an extra few months “, he said, in a position that the Coalition avenir Québec has shared. “The liberal government needs to take the time to examine all options for limiting to the maximum the consumption of cannabis, especially among drivers “, demanded Simon Jolin-Barrette.