BC passes marijuana driving-impairment law, but confusion remains


Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — B.C.’s top cop says he’s frustrated by Ottawa’s slow pace in selecting the roadside testing equipment that provinces will use to police drivers under the influence of soon-to-be-legal marijuana. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said it was difficult for B.C. to pass new legislation this week that sets out a ticketing and policing regime for drivers and cannabis, because it still doesn’t have details from Ottawa on what will be considered the federal standard for roadside drug-impairment testing. “That’s again what is frustrating for us as a province,” he said Thursday. “And so what we’ve got to do is at least get the legislative framework that we can operate in place.” B.C.’s new law, which passed Wednesday, sets up a particularly labour-intensive system to test and penalize people who drive under the influence of cannabis. It starts with a police officer pulling over a driver, and then suspecting the person might be impaired by marijuana. BC passes marijuana driving-impairment law, but confusion remains

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