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The Development of Marijuana Breathalyzers

breathalyzer.jpgAs more states pass legislation to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies are looking to catch stoned drivers. New tools are currently being developed in the U.S. and internationally to detect people driving under the influence of marijuana.

For example, a breathalyzer device was recently designed by a Swedish company that can detect 12 different controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, morphine, and marijuana.

A Canadian company has spent the past year creating a breathalyzer that test for levels of THC.

The device will not only tell law enforcement officers whether someone smoked weed in the past three hours, making it easier for them to obtain convictions, but also exonerate people who are not actually impaired but still contain a baseline of THC in their bloodstream.

Washington State University researchers are currently working on a breath test to determine whether or not a driver is under the influence of marijuana. They are currently looking into tools used by airport security agents to detect drugs which they believe can be altered to test breath samples for THC.

In Colorado, Lifeloc Technologies received a state-funded grant to develop a marijuana breathalyzer. The company has been assigned the task of creating a breathalyzer that only detects Delta-9 THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

With the development of more tools to track people driving under the influence of marijuana, it should come as no surprise to see officers actively using marijuana breathalyzers within the next few years. Roadside marijuana breathalyzers will aide officers in determining whether or not to arrest someone during an initial vehicle stop. Upon arrest, officers will still need follow-up blood test results to use as evidence in court.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana in the Washtenaw County area, contact me for a consultation. I can be reached directly at 734-274-6567.

Sources

New Breathalyzer Can Detect Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin

Driving While High: Marijuana Breathalyzer On Horizon As Police Struggle To Stop Stoned Drivers

Breathalyzers for marijuana may be right around the corner

Lifeloc Technologies in Wheat Ridge gets $250,000 grant to make breathalyzer to detect THC levels

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