On October 17, 2018, cannabis will become legal in Canada. In response, the Saskatchewan RCMP has increased capacity in numerous areas, such as prevention and engagement, intelligence, and training to ensure officers are prepared. Impaired driving continues to be a pressing concern in Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan RCMP has been working diligently with municipal, provincial, and federal partners to ensure officers are well-equipped to detect drug-impaired driving.
This year, Saskatchewan RCMP has trained over 100 officers in the administration of the Standardized Field Sobriety tests (SFSTs) and are on track to have over 100 Drug Recognition Evaluators (DREs) by the end of 2019. Officers are also being trained on the Oral Fluid Device (OFD) as part of the limited, strategic roll-out of these devices which are used for roadside drug impairment testing. This training builds on the foundation officers already have to test for impaired driving.
The Saskatchewan RCMP would like to remind the public that impaired driving of any kind is illegal. Alcohol and cannabis need to be consumed responsibly and the RCMP will continue to enforce illegal consumption and impaired driving. The RCMP will enforce the new cannabis laws in regards to the possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis products, and wishes to remind the public that they must adhere to the new cannabis legislation and Cannabis Control Act. Details can be found at Cannabis Control Act - Saskatchewan.