A Promising New Device to Detect THC Levels in Drivers
In the recent election here in Nevada, there was much debate over the legalization
of recreational marijuana.On one side of the aisle, concerned voters who
worried that making pot legal would put thousands of drivers on the road
under the influence of marijuana, without a way for law enforcement to
Current detection methods, like testing the blood or saliva of suspected
impaired drivers, are not known to be completely reliable as they don’t
necessarily indicate immediate impairment in people who frequently use
the drug.That’s why law enforcement and defense attorneys are looking
for an alternative.
Enter the roadside marijuana breathalyzer… a new device currently
being tested by
Steven Nelson, a Staff Writer for
U.S. News & World Report, recently covered the new tool. Though the product has a way to go, some
are very excited about its potential.
Hound Labs: Capabilities of the THC Breathalyzer
Dr. Mike Lynn, the CEO of Hound Labs, is an emergency room doctor, who
also works as a reserve deputy sheriff in the San Francisco Bay Area.
According to the company, the Hound™ breathalyzer will give “law
enforcement immediate measurements for the few hours that THC is present
in breath, allowing them to identify drivers who are actually impaired
from recent use.”An even bigger breakthrough is the ability of the
product to determine whether the driver has smoked marijuana or ingested
it through edibles like brownies or THC infused candy.
The company is currently conducting testing with numerous California law
enforcement agencies. Though it may take several months, perhaps even
years to implement in police departments across the country, the company’s
goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on our roads as the
number of people consuming marijuana rises.
If this device works, and can survive the rigorous tests it will be need
to undergo before it gets into the hands of our Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department, it could be a great solution to address the problem
of the growing number of marijuana-impaired drivers while at the same
time preserving the interests of law enforcement and marijuana advocates.
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If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges related to marijuana,
call our legal team at Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney.We have more success
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For the full U.S. News & World Report article by Steven Nelson, including
the specifics of the device's initial testing,