Stoned drivers are potentially dangerous to other people on the roads, and scientists are now considering the ways to maintain road safety. A new weed breathalyzer developed by the researchers at the University of British Columbia may become an effective and budget-friendly solution for both the drivers and the police.
The UBC scientists have created a “pot breathalyzer”—a hand-held electronic device for detecting the THC content in the driver's breath. According to Mina Hoorfar, the developer and UBC engineering professor, this portable sensor weighs less than 10 grams and does not consume much energy. The device uses a Bluetooth signal for transferring the test results to your smartphone where you can see the amount of any gasses you wish.
Hoorfar and her team are not the only researchers who are racing to create a roadside breathalyzer to test drivers for marijuana exposure in the light of relaxed pro-cannabis laws in the U.S. and Canada.
Safety and law enforcement advocates are faced with a problem of an increasing number of stoned drivers in several states of America. A project financed by the government of California has already revealed the ineffectiveness of the available sobriety tests. Canada is also working on this problem and is going to introduce the process of regulating cannabis use next spring.
Cannabix Technologies, a company based in Vancouver, B.C., was created with the purpose of developing and producing pot breathalyzers. Kal Malhi, the company president and former RCMP officer, has already announced that his company raised millions of dollars to manufacture their cannabis breathalyzer.
Lifeloc Technologies, located in Colorado, makes alcohol breathalyzers, and now it is also working on personal devices for marijuana detection. A chemistry professor Herbert Hill cooperates with his colleagues at Washington State University to face the challenges of dealing with drug-impaired drivers.
However, Hoofar is sure that her breathalyzer will make a difference with its high level of sensitivity and low price. She claims that her device will also be able to detect alcohol and other drugs, and it will cost only $15 to manufacture.
The creator thinks that this weed breathalyzer could be useful for law enforcement agencies. Moreover, cannabis consumers could also use this device to check their impairment before driving somewhere.
This breathalyzer will be affordable for everyone, and any pot user could have it at hand to know if they are under the drug influence. If they detect THC presence, they will not sit behind the wheel and will postpone their trip.
While pot consumers are searching for tips on how to pass a urine test for drugs successfully, the UBC scientists are looking for investors to introduce their marijuana breathalyzer into market next year.