Are weed breathalyzers just around the corner?

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Now that cannabis is legal in a growing number of U.S. states, the use of THC breathalyzers — a thing that’s been discussed at great length — is imperative. After several false starts and pandemic-related delays, it seems that their long-awated introduction into the world could be imminent. For example, Oakland, Calif.-based Hound Labs reports it is getting ready to launch its Hound Marijuana Breathalyzer, a device that the company claims can detect the THC molecule in the breath. Marijuana And Impaired Driving: This Study May Surprise You Researchers say they’ve pinpointed how long THC is impairing, with smoking having shorter times than ingestion If you’re high, don’t drive — even if you’re about to get chopped up by a psychopath The device received a boost from an improbable source: COVID-19. It was originally designed as a product to detect pneumonia, but once the pandemic hit, the company shifted towards the detection of COVID-19. “Hound Labs created the COVID-19 breathalyzer based on the same exquisitely sensitive technology platform that we use for the Hound marijuana breathalyzer that’s coming to market later this year,” company CEO Dr. Mike Lynn told FOX43. According to the company, its breathalyzer is capable of making a clear distinction between responsible marijuana use and irresponsible use, a distinction that cannot be made by urine and blood tests, which may show results that date back up to three months. The breathalyser indicates marijuana use within the past three hours, sometimes cited as the amount of time a high (from smoking) lasts. The company reports the device can be used by police officers and by companies who drug test employees. Over the past couple of years, several companies have been working on marijuana breathalyzers, considering them important now that weed’s federal legalization could be edging closer. States such…

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