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Posted: 11/29/2014 9:54:36 PM EDT
Expect a lot more DUI's in the future


A team at Washington State University is working to develop a breath test that could quickly determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana.

Law enforcement officers already use preliminary breath tests in the field to estimate drivers’ blood alcohol content. But no similar portable tool exists to test for marijuana impairment via a breath sample.

Stoned drivers have become an increasing concern since Washington voters legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2012. A quarter of blood samples taken from drivers in 2013, the first full year the initiative was in effect, came back positive for pot.

WSU chemistry professor Herbert Hill said 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.

Hill said he and WSU doctoral student Jessica Tufariello are working on a handheld device that uses a technique called ion mobility spectrometry to detect THC in someone’s breath.

Right now, officers and prosecutors rely on blood tests to determine how much active THC is present in a driver’s blood. Those test results aren’t immediately available to patrol officers who suspect someone is driving high.


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/11/28/3513737_breath-test-to-detect-pot-is-being.html?sp=/99/296/331/&rh=1#storylink=cpy
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:07:13 PM EDT
I'm strangely OK with this.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:07:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 11:07:31 PM EDT by DT-USA]
**EDIT: I really need to replace this mouse.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:20:26 PM EDT
I say someone posts WSU doctoral student Jessica Tufariello's home adress and phone# so all the potheads can let her know how they like her product and to order her a few thousand pizzas
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:23:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:26:09 PM EDT
As soon as they hit the market I'm starting a Washington based business delivering Cheetos, Doritos, and nachos to the doors of stoners.
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