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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

THC Breathalyzer Could Help Ensure Road Safety

AaaWith recreational marijuana use being legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, companies are now creating technology to aid in removing drivers impaired by THC from the roads. A California-based company, Hound Labs Inc., has designed a marijuana-breathalyzer capable of detecting THC potentially present on a driver's breath. USA Today has the full story:

When an individual blows into the breathalyzer, it can determine within a couple minutes whether there is alcohol, THC or both in the person's system. Since THC is only present in someone's breath during that peak two-hour window, the driver is considered impaired when it's detected.

The breathalyzer would then display "Warning" if THC is detected and "Pass" if it is not. 

The device "will help ensure safety on our roads and in the workplace while also promoting fairness to people who use marijuana legally and responsibly," said Louisa Ashord, marketing manager for Hound Labs in a statement. 

Implementation of these devices would provide officers with an objective standard to test drivers and detect recent marijuana use that may lead to impairment. 

--Gabrielle Rennie

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