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California Tech Firm Claims Creation of Legitimate Pot Breathalyzer

Published on December 7, 2015 by   ·   1 Comment

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With several more states on track to legalize recreational marijuana within the next year, the pressure is mounting for science to develop an effective Breathalyzer that law enforcement can not only use to gauge impairment, but one that accomplishes this goal without scrutinizing every driver showing traces of THC metabolites with a DUI.

Although this all-important task has been somewhat of a challenge for the tech firms that have attempted to capitalize on this concept, a California company called Hound Labs revealed earlier this week that it has successfully manufactured a first-of-its-kind marijuana Breathalyzer that police can use to “determine if an individual is impaired from recent marijuana use.”

The device, which was created with the help of scientists at the University of California in Berkeley, will reportedly solve the stoned driving conundrum by giving law enforcement a tool for measuring marijuana intoxication unprecedented even by standards by which drunk driving is measured.

“In just one or two breaths, our new scientific approach is able to capture THC, and, through an extraction process, measure the actual level to less than 500 picograms,” UC Berkeley professor Matt Francis said in a statement. “This incredibly efficient and responsive technology is necessary to measure THC which requires a method that is more than one million times more sensitive than what is used to measure alcohol in breath.”

Ever since states began legalizing cannabis, the issue of stoned driving has been a controversial debacle shrouded in half-baked regulations and unconstitutional practices. Some states, like Indiana, have maintained a strict no-tolerance policy on the issue of drugged driving that has caused many motorists to be charged with DUI simply because a blood test showed that they may have smoked marijuana within the past week. In legal states, the situation is an equally sad state of affairs, as most lawmakers have determined a person who registers .05 nanongrams of THC per milliliter of blood to be legally impaired.

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