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Toking and driving: Police struggle to deal with drug-impaired drivers

The Globe and Mail -- Weeding out stoned drivers

What happens if you drive after smoking a joint? It’s also a bad idea, but the answer is a bit, um, cloudier

If you hit the road high in Canada – where driving under the influence of drugs is illegal – chances are slim that police will catch you – and slimmer that you’ll end up with a criminal code conviction, even if you deserve one

There is no roadside equivalent of a breathalyzer for drugs

In recent years police forces have spent 100s of 1000$ to send officers to the U.S. for sophisticated drug recognition training. They leave qualified to visually detect impairment by 7 classes of frequently used illegal drugs

But their results have been scant. In 2012, just 1,126 drug impairment charges were laid against Canadian drivers compared with 60,000 charges for


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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 5:41:36 AM

Rick: there's no real difference between being stoned and high or drunk and stoned.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 5:41:32 AM

punish them to the extent of the law?
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 10:17:14 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 9:57:12 AM

Offer a toke to the cop that stops you, if you are in Liberal Colorado!
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 4:23:07 AM

ok
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downstream
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 1:42:23 AM

puff before you pass?
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:23:52 AM

Didja hear'bout the drunk sailor throwing rocks at birds? Didn't leave a tern unstoned.
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:21:40 AM

k
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:18:59 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:17:46 AM

No more impaired drivers!
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:06:12 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:04:39 AM

We are doing this to ourselves
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:04:21 AM

Old News
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:04:01 AM

Just snort the drug, no toking allowed...
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:04:00 AM

Don't drive impaired.
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k
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 12:01:52 AM

old news
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jail for a long time
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jail
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:56:29 PM

Thou shalt not becometh stoned.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:55:24 PM

Scary stuff
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:55:09 PM

Be careful driving in Canada.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:54:14 PM

Just say NO to Drugs!
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:53:30 PM

OK
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:50:58 PM

who didn't see that coming?
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:49:11 PM

Wrong NoGas714, here in NY one high on Pot wanted to see how fast they could go! Hit a tree at about 100 mph, 4 teen passengers ejected out of car an Killed! But it wasn't that he was high, it was the curve in the road's fault!

[Edited by: toadNY at 5/9/2014 11:50:16 PM EST]
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:48:11 PM

Drive smarter
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:45:44 PM

Don't drive while under the influence of mind altering drugs.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:45:26 PM

hmm
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:44:13 PM

Wasted taxpayer money.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:41:15 PM

hmmmm
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:41:11 PM

well, I guess if you want to drive while under the influence and not be caught, go to Canada
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:39:44 PM

cops are just as guilty
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:35:28 PM

mmkay
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:33:49 PM

interesting...
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:33:41 PM

As more areas legalize pot,that problem will get worse.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:31:59 PM

Wow.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:31:09 PM

Hmmmm........
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:28:53 PM

i'm sure there is many
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ok
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:23:59 PM

Law enforcement is behind the curve with pot become legal.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:23:17 PM

No one should drive if they are under the influence.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:17:39 PM

An ongoing problem.
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ok
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:14:13 PM

Legalize it and tax the tokers
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:12:42 PM

Those that drive while high will be driving slower, and therefore save more on gas.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:08:26 PM

What would Sgt. Friday say?
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:08:06 PM

get them off the road
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Maybe take their car.
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:07:23 PM

ok
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Book'em
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