Friday, October 25, 2013

Pot Breathalyzers May Come if California Legalizes Marijuana

Roadside marijuana tests may be on the way if California decides to legalize marijuana. George Kiriyama reports.

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You see officers giving breathalyzer tests for alcohol at DUI checkpoints all the time. How about roadside breath testing for marijuana for those who are "DWS" (Driving While Stoned)?
It could happen if California legalizes cannabis.
Gabriel Reeves, the executive Chef at the Elemental Wellness Center in San Jose, says more research needs to be done before a marijuana breathalyzer test hits the market.
"It won't be as effective in determining inebriation with cannabis, because they are varying modes of consumption that will not be able to be...that won't show up on the type of breathalyzer test that they're designing currently," Reeves said.
The state of California would have to have a legal limit on the books for marijuana before a breathalyzer test is administered.
In the state of Washington, one of two states (the other being Colorado) where marijuana is allowed, it's legal to possess an ounce of marijuana but illegal for that same person to drive if his or her THC content reaches five nanograms per mililiter of blood. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Reeves said it's unfair to have a hard standard legal limit like the one in Washington.


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