Medical pot may be detectable by breath

Despite the fact that so many of its nearby western states have taken the step to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Arizona has not. The state has, however, enacted legislation to allow select use of marijuana for medicinal use. Even though a person may be legally using pot via the state's medical marijuana program, that does not mean they cannot find themselves in trouble with the law for this legalized use.

Driving under the influence offenses can involve drugs just as well as they can involve alcohol and marijuana is a drug. In the continued effort to crack down on impaired drivers, a business based in neighboring California is said to have developed a breath test device for marijuana according to National Public Radio. The goal of the device is to assist law enforcement during an investigation for suspected impaired driving.

The founder is said to have indicated that the device aims to provide objective data yet it is important to note that at this point in time it is only able to detect whether or not a person has any THC in their system. It does not have the ability to measure the amount of THC in a person's system like a standard breath test device does for alcohol.

Reports indicate that the device must be kept at a consistent temperature in order to function properly and provide accurate results but no details of what that temperature or potential temperature range may be. Given the fluctuations of temperatures in Arizona, one logically wonders if this device would actually be usable here.




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