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Impaired pot-smoking drivers could be snared by breath test under development



This news story was published on November 29, 2014.
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SEATTLE – Now that pot is legal in a number of states, impaired weed smokers climbing behind the wheel may become more commonplace, prompting a university to lead the way on the development of a breath test to detect intoxication.

A Washington State University research project could yield the first breath test to help law enforcement officers catch drivers who have toked one puff too many. The breath alcohol test is already widely-used, helping to convict thousands each year of operating while under the influence of alcohol and strip those offenders of their driving privileges. A test for marijuana would aid officers and prosecutors in keeping problem drivers off the road.

WSU chemistry professor Herbert Hill told the News Tribune in Seattle that “existing technologies — including those already used by airport security and customs agents to detect drugs and explosives — can be re-purposed to test breath for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.”

Professor Hill said tests on humans could start next year. Currently, blood tests have to be used to detect the drug, and most times, a court order is needed to conduct those tests.

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9 Responses to Impaired pot-smoking drivers could be snared by breath test under development

  1. rahmbo Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    What will be the legal limit?

    Since evidence of weed can stay in your bloodstream for up to 30 days, long past the time when the person is high, how useful will this be in court?

  2. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Philly, ohhh Philly, where are you (besides Clear Lake) and why haven’t you dominated the posting on this latest story???

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

      @Buzz-he is probably still hung over from last night and with any luck at all they have caught him driving impaired and he is now in jail. Bubba will have a ball with his punk a##.

      • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

        November 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

        @LVS…I hope he gets what he deserves. Bubba will enjoys his company I’m sure. 🙂

        • Philosophus Reply Report comment

          November 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

          What I deserve is full ride scholarship, accolades, then tenure. I’m headed straight up Ascension Mountain where I will take my place amongst the stars. Destiny and eternity are mine.

          • anonymous

            November 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

            Yep, sounds like Phili is high again……lol.

          • Buzz Crumcutter

            November 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm

            Once you get there, if you ever do, please tell everyone how smart you think you. Which I’m sure you will.

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Once they get this going Old Philospus will lose his license and never be able to leave his mother’s basement again.

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      November 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

      I noticed you have the record for the most posts deleted. And I even seen buzz had one in the trash as well. Maybe he isn’t part of management after all. I guess Matt has been very generous to my illustrious manner of thinking. Forward momentum is the goal!