Few police forces ready to use pot-detecting devices

Like it or not, marijuana becomes legal in Canada in less than a month.

However, the question remains: Will police forces be ready to enforce the law against drug-impaired driving?

It seems, at least at first, they'll have to rely on officers' judgement to determine whether a driver might be impaired.

Only one roadside testing device has been approved by the federal government and it seems many police forces are not yet sold.

The National Post spoke with 15 forces and report that only a couple say they plan to start training on this device. In the GTA, that included Durham Regional Police.

The rest, including Toronto and Peel, say they're holding off on placing an order.

The biggest concerns seem to be the cost of the device and whether it will hold up in a Canadian winter.

The news comes as no surprise to CTV Public Safety analyst Chris Lewis. 

He tells NEWSTALK 1010's Moore in the Morning, "police chiefs in Canada have been telling the federal government now for a year, 'we will not be ready for this.'" 

"There's only one device available and there's been concerns about the accuracy of it, let alone, the cost of buying it (and training) the hundreds and thousands of officers in the bigger departments."