& # 39; Game changer & # 39; breathalyzer test for marijuana is a billion times more sensitive than the standard alcohol test and let the police know if suspects are stoned
- Hound Labs devices can tell how recently someone has used THC
- Someone from Sanntek can detect whether someone is high in the same way
- Veteran emergency doctor and reserve deputy sheriff who created the item believes that & # 39; if someone is not stoned, they should not be arrested & # 39;
- Marijuana by-product THC can stay in the system for up to a month and DUI lawsuits that are often often thrown away are expensive for law enforcement
- Hound recently raised $ 30 million in Series D financing from Intrinsic Capital Partners, the Philadelphia growth equity fund, to launch it in 2020
- It is estimated that these are available in stores for $ 5,000 each and one-time cartridges of around $ 20 each
- John Hudak, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, said: & # 39; It's a game changer & # 39;
New marijuana breathalyzer tests that are a billion times more sensitive than blood alcohol levels are a & # 39; game-changer & # 39; mentioned.
Some law enforcement agencies across the country were reluctant to have marijuana legalized in their states, worried drug rules could lead to an explosion of handicapped drivers on the road.
But now police officers could lose the idea, thanks to Hound Labs and Sanntek devices that can tell how recently someone has used THC, a by-product of marijuana, and in turn detect if they are likely to be high.
& # 39; With alcohol, if you have more than 0.08% in your blood, there is a suspicion that you are drunk, & # 39; told Christopher Leusner, head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Philadelphia researcher. & # 39; There has been no blood test or breath test that can determine if you are suffering from marijuana. & # 39;
New Hound Labs devices (photo) can tell how recently someone has used THC
Veteran emergency department and reserve deputy sheriff who created the item believes that & # 39; if someone is not stoned, they should not be arrested & # 39; and the new device can test for both alcohol and marijuana
The Hound Labs device has been developed by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco and Mike Lynn, an Oakland veteran emergency department who is also a backup assistant sheriff.
Blood tests for marijuana can read positively even if the drug was consumed up to a month ago. But the Hound – which recently raised $ 30 million in Series D financing from Intrinsic Capital Partners, the Philadelphia growth equity fund, to bring it to market in 2020 – can see if someone has smoked in the last three hours or a has been edible and is stoned.
& # 39; It is about creating a balance between public safety and fairness, & # 39; said Lynn. & # 39; I have seen the tragedies that result from poor driving behavior up close. And I have a good idea how challenging it is along the way to know if someone has smoked a pot recently. But I believe that if someone is not stoned, they should not be arrested. & # 39;
The device is even more sensitive than traditional alcohol breathalyzers and can detect very low amounts of THC.
After developing a device for five years that can distinguish between recent consumption and weeks of consumption, and is affordable for law enforcement agencies and employers, it is estimated that retailing is $ 5,000 each and one-time cartridges of around $ 20 each.
With around 50 million drug tests conducted annually, Howard Goodwin, head of Intrinsic Capital Partners, believes that the market for a THC breathalyzer can be worth $ 10 billion every year.
Hound recently raised $ 30 million in Series D financing from Intrinsic Capital Partners, the Philadelphia growth equity fund, to launch it in 2020
But the device and the like can save more money over time, as prosecutors currently spend up to two days in court in DUI marijuana cases that are often thrown away.
& # 39; It's a game changer, & # 39; John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. & # 39; I have been saying for years that it is only a matter of time before someone has developed the technology and the science is good. That time is apparently now. And they're going to make a lot of money by selling it to law enforcement agencies in the US and Canada. & # 39;
Backers are Benchmark, the Silicon Valley venture capital plant that financed Uber, WeWork, Dropbox and Snap, as well as Dick & Law maker.
Marijuana is legal in 30 states and dozens have medicinal programs.
It is also good news for employees and employers according to one of the makers.
& # 39; Employers have the same fundamental problems as law enforcement, & # 39; said Lynn. & # 39; They must maintain a safe workplace, but not worry about what their employees do in their free time. Someone can go home, smoke a pot like I like to drink a glass of wine and not test positive.
& # 39; Employers are now confronted with a workforce that is almost fully employed. They do not want to dismiss valuable employees, especially for something that is legal in most states. & # 39;
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