Saliva test deeply flawed: HEMP Party
THE HEMP Party has called for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of saliva roadside drug testing by Australian police, claiming the method is deeply flawed.
The use of Random Roadside Saliva Testing has been ramped-up across the region this year according to NSW Police.
During recent drug bus operations in Lismore and Casino one in four drivers tested positive to drugs, mainly cannabis.
HEMP Party secretary and licensed hemp farmer Andrew Kavasilas said under the testing system, drugs such as ice and ecstasy, or synthetic cannabis alternatives, became undetectable within hours, while cannabis remained detectable in the body for several weeks.
As a result he said saliva testing was encouraging people to migrate to "harder", less detectable chemical drugs.
"It's affecting drug use trends for the worse," he said.
He said roadside drug testing was also blocking the growth of a legitimate hemp food industry because it detected those who ingested substances such as hemp seeds with little to no THC.
"We're now the only country not allowed to use hemp seeds as food, and it's totally as a result of the roadside drug testing regime," he said.
"Police in the ACT are now using the same excuse to end debate and oppose medical cannabis initiatives."
The Northern Star asked NSW Police and the distributor of the saliva testing equipment, Pathtech, about the sensitivity of the saliva test and the police position on hemp seed consumption.
It received no response.