Marijuana Breathalyzer Test Could Be Coming Soon

CALIFORNIA: A new invention may soon make it easier for police who pull over risky drivers to test them for marijuana impairment on the spot, in addition to the usual alcohol breath test.

A marijuana breathalyzer will begin clinical trials early next year, the Oakland, California-based Hound Labs Inc. announced this week.

Typically, measuring the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives users a “high” — is done using urine, blood, or saliva tests. The results can show if marijuana has been used in recent days or weeks, but they are not a very accurate way to measure real-time impairment, said Lynn.

 

Dude, Don’t Drive Stoned

CANADA:  As the legalization of marijuana spreads across North America, companies are realizing the need for devices that will ensure safety on the road, after cannabis consumption. Just as breathalyzers exist for alcohol, now a Vancouver-based company has developed just such a machine to detect marijuana up to two hours after it’s been consumed.

The device, from Cannabix Technologies, is still in its prototype stages, however, still has the ability to detect levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in drivers. At the moment, those levels cannot be given in specifics. It is simply a “yes” or “no” response from the device.

While some States have already enlisted legalized “limits” of THC for drivers, the technology needed to read those levels still has to be developed, and it’s companies like the Canadian Cannabix Technologies that will help bring such laws and limits to fruition.

Ohio Students’ Device to Detect Marijuana Use By Motorists

OHIO: Two Ohio graduate students have invented a device that will allow law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists have used marijuana.

The Plain Dealer reports  that two biomedical engineering graduate students at the University of Akron hope to market their roadside testing device to states where marijuana use has been legalized.

Mariam Crow and Kathleen Stitzlein’s device tests saliva to determine the concentration of pot’s active chemical in the bloodstream. Police must now wait weeks to get results from blood tests for marijuana use.

State Troopers Grapple With Lengthy Process To Catch Stoned Drivers

WASHINGTON:  The legalization of marijuana brought some new questions on whether driving under the influence of pot is safe. Washington state courts decided yes but only up to a certain limit.

Marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year, but it has not changed how officers treat the drug when it comes to people driving while stoned.

“Just like alcohol has .08 marijuana has five nanograms,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy Todd Miller.

However, breathalyzer tests for marijuana do not exit.

“You can pull people over. They admitted to smoking marijuana 30 minutes before you stop them, you know that they’re high, they look high, but when you standard field sobriety test they passed the test,” recounted Miller.