Marijuana breathalyzer test could be coming soon to Colorado

A new invention may soon make it easier for police who pull over risky drivers to test them for marijuana impairment on the spot, in addition to the usual alcohol breath test.

A marijuana breathalyzer will begin clinical trials early next year, the Oakland, California-based Hound Labs Inc. announced this week.

“The idea is that law enforcement will have one device out on the road to test for both THC [a marijuana component] and alcohol,” said Hound Labs CEO and founder Dr. Mike Lynn, an emergency room physician at Highland Hospital, in Oakland.

Typically, measuring the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives users a “high” — is done using urine, blood, or saliva tests. The results can show if marijuana has been used in recent days or weeks, but they are not a very accurate way to measure real-time impairment, said Lynn.

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110 comments
Will Rowe
Will Rowe

About damned time. Smoke all you want but driving baked is not ok and there are a LOT of people doing it

Gavin Carrillo
Gavin Carrillo

They just need to find out how to measure thc levels in saliva to figure out how long its been since people have smoked. I'm sure that people that just smoked have more in their saliva then people that smoked last week

James Taylor
James Taylor

Jimmie Derrera, if the drivers in your state all drive lousy, then you are most likely the lousy driver! Just rule of thumb.

James Taylor
James Taylor

Still needs to be tested and tested again. Testing need to be done in the thousands and in all states just to make sure there are no varences.

Amanda Whitehill Tucker
Amanda Whitehill Tucker

They've been needing this for awhile. If it really works it's great. Now maybe people who drive for a living will be able to use Marijuana recreationally or medicinally without fearing losing their jobs

David Starry
David Starry

The difference being the active ingredient in pot takes a month or two to leave your system. Alcohol, about 8-12 hours.

Corey Lee Palmer
Corey Lee Palmer

Yeah, they need to smoke a little. I get called at work and told I cut people off....I've only done it once to a car missing a light. That I thoughts was in the far right lane

Corey Lee Palmer
Corey Lee Palmer

Dumb, it's not the same as alcohol. I have enough thc in my blood at all times to fail the legal limilt, and as far as breath goes....I don't trust it

Dolores Pshsniak
Dolores Pshsniak

Although Colorado legalized the sale of it- each jurisdiction can or cannot allow it- Colorado Springs does not allow the sale of marijuana

Linda McCoy
Linda McCoy

Was out there in Sept and it looked like every driver was on some type of speed to me not pot. Like the LA freeway.

Kellen Mann
Kellen Mann

Neal, if you are driving under the influence, then you are a danger to everybody. PERIOD.

Gerardo Acosta
Gerardo Acosta

Just like some over the counter drugs, it specifically says to avoid using machinery or doing anything that involves full attention and judgement. Therefore, if you plan to use the plant, have a plan to get by without having to drive.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Gerardo, I am all for public safety. People who need this as medicine are going to get screwed by a breathalyzer that just shows if marijuana is present. It does not address impairment. Kellen, I come to that conclusion from reading your post on this thread. Many people use cannabis out of necessity, and to you they are all just stoners.

Keith Haile Johnson
Keith Haile Johnson

Would like to know more about how it works, regulate it like alcohol

Kellen Mann
Kellen Mann

Neal, I wouldn't understand huh? How ever do you come to that conclusions?

John Gavina
John Gavina

Suzi Nicholson Do you know that in some nations where health care is socialized,they give you a free cab ride home? This is in Cuba.

Gerardo Acosta
Gerardo Acosta

My perspective comes from the of a firefighter, I'm not so concerned about what people like or prefer s far as substances or recreational activities. My concern is public safety, as well as safety of the individual

Chris Skinner
Chris Skinner

Most cars that I see reek of marijana. Why would you need to use a machine for that?

Donna Schuster
Donna Schuster

May God bless you, Neal. Thank you for expressing your opinion. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Maybe there was something else as well? I'm not saying this guy should have gotten away with hitting you, absolutely not! You don't know his whole story. Blaming marijuana is short sighted on your part.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Actually, I would call the anti-marijuana side the popular side. Those of us that are fighting people with that opinion is because of being put in jail for the last 70 years for using a medicinal plant that grows much like tomatos. You can choose to not have pot in your own life, that's fine. Leave us alone as well.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

What you just wrote are called opinions. Prove any of that is pot related, then talk.

Sean Watson
Sean Watson

Just to take a shot at all the people who have yelled at me time and time again every time I take the unpopular side of being against Marijuana smoking . I have lived on 2 different occasions with heavy pot smokers and I have seen all the negative effects of it even though all I get on these types of feeds are people screaming at me telling me I have no idea what I'm talking about and that I'm wrong... that is my point neal

Kyle Martinez
Kyle Martinez

Cool invention if your stupid enough to incriminate yourself by using any kind of roadside test!

Donna Schuster
Donna Schuster

People driving in both lanes, lane changing stupidity, rapid braking at unnecessary times, etc I used to think it was texting, but I have witnessed this all since marijuana was legalized. Each to his own, but don't endanger everyone else by your decision to drive while high.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Dumbasses. Keep fighting a plant, it's a good use of your dumbass time. Keep believing that you're making the world a better place.

Julie Manzanares Balch
Julie Manzanares Balch

He reeked of pot. I could smell it from two feet away, blood shot eyes, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. And he bolted when I went to call the cops.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

You knew what this guy was on? You should get a job for that.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

When they realize being on your phone and driving is more dangerous than driving stoned. Then they might actually solve some traffic issues.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

It actually is attacking stoners, but you wouldn't understand. The world is not as cut & dry as you're trying to make it Kellen.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Cannabis is clearly different then alcohol, not the same effect by any means.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

What's your point Sean? I don't see one.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Non stoners should grow up and quit fighting a battle over a harmless plant.

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

But can it tell the difference between stoned now or smoked pot 3 months ago?

John Graisa
John Graisa

OTC drugs and driving can get you busted just the same. Gee officer, I only took benedryl for allergies. Causes drowsiness. Grow up stoners. Accept the ramifications or don't smoke.

Dave Davis
Dave Davis

You have anxiety is perfect for driving especially in rush hour lol

Larry Torkildsen
Larry Torkildsen

I literally drive with my pipe in my hand 24/7 I'm better a driver than everyone I see even while I'm high. I'm just less aggressive. There has been 0 accounts where marijuana has been proven to be the cause. Not a single one. Therefore this is alla huge waste of my tax dollars

Larry Torkildsen
Larry Torkildsen

Copies give you a ticket even if you pass the dui test with flying colors, as long as they think your drunk

Bryan Foster
Bryan Foster

So remember if you smoke, don't drive for 30 days