The device, known as the Abbott SoToxa, must now go through a 30-day public consultation period before it can come into use

The federal government has taken the first step toward approving a new device for testing drivers’ saliva for cannabis use, potentially giving police a long-awaited second option.

Over the weekend, the government posted a notice that it intends to approve the Abbott SoToxa for police forces to use. The device must now go through a 30-day public consultation period before it can receive final approval.

Abbott is an Illinois-based health-care company that acquired Alere — a Massachusetts company that has long manufactured saliva-testing drug devices — in a US$5.3-billion transaction in 2017. It advertises the SoToxa as a hand-held device that provides test results in less than five minutes.

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Brian Platt – National Post – April 22, 2019.

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