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On Jan. 1, 2018 California will be the latest state to have legalized recreational marijuana, but one problem facing regulators is how to test drivers for being under the influence of marijuana. Several companies are racing to develop ways to test if a driver is impaired by marijuana use.
The Oakland-based company said that the devices will get to market sometime next year and will cost between $500 and $1,000. The company is working with the University of California Berkley and University of California San Francisco on the technology to detect THC, according to KTRK.
“The Cannabix marijuana breathalyzer is a cutting edge, non-invasive drug impairment recognition system. It uses breath-testing technology to test individuals for recent consumption of THC,” said the company in a statement.
Currently, police officers in California have to use traditional field sobriety tests and context clues to determine if a driver is high, like the smell of marijuana or dilated pupils. Some police feel that they have gotten much better at determining if drivers are high over the years.
originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
So now that more people are switching over to pot use vs DUI....the trend will be moving over to DUCI (driving under cannabis influence).
originally posted by: hombero
If the government is dealing it, with regulations, isn't that at least better than having thugs on the street where who knows what you get, or whose blood is spilled for it?
originally posted by: Subaeruginosa
In Australia, the police have had on the spot saliva tests that can detect cannabis for like over 15 years now...
Its not exactly revolutionary technology.
originally posted by: crayzeed
Just one easy question, has there been ANY INDEPENDENT UNBIASED tests done on how marijuana affects driving capabilities?
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: Mandroid7
Yea, but how accurate is it?
If I smoked a joint the day before after work, had a full meal, maybe mowed my lawn, did some house work, slept, woke up, went to work and had an incident, or got into a auto collision on my way home from work the substance would technically be still in my system, is there a cut off point? How can it be measured?