Getting stoned while driving might not be be an option anymore. A company called HoundLabs based in California has created the first Breathalyzer that is able to test THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid compound in marijuana. Jeff Sessions, who has stated that marijuana causes car crashes, might want to get a hold of that.
“It’s a huge technological and scientific challenge that we had to overcome,” Mike Lynn, CEO of HoundLabs, said to NBC . “It took us a few years to overcome but we figured it out and we can measure just a few particles of THC, so it’d be like measuring a few drops of water in a hundred swimming pools put together.”
It is predicted to be popular among police or employers who wants to know if someone is stoned. The product claims that it is the first breathalyzer to test marijuana in the breath rather than blood or urine. It says that while weed can stay in blood or urine for months or days, the best way to test marijuana is through the breath, and HoundLabs has just found the way to do that.
The site doesn’t exactly say who the investors are, but states their marijuana stance is deter people from driving while stoned. The breathalyzers cost from $500 to $1000 and are expected to become a popular necessity for law enforcement and employers.
“Anyone that can invent a device that allows us to establish a person’s impaired driving by being under the influence of THC, that person stands to make a lot of money,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer to ABC.