A new breathalyser has been invented that tests for marijuana and it’s being called a ‘game changer’ by experts.
The Hound Labs device was developed by researchers at University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco and Mike Lynn, a veteran emergency department physician from Oakland who’s also a reserve deputy sheriff.
Blood tests for marijuana can read positive even if the drug was consumed up to a month ago. But the Hound – which recently secured $30million in Series D financing from Philadelphia growth equity fund, Intrinsic Capital Partners, to bring it to market in 2020 – can tell if someone has smoked or had an edible within the past three hours and is stoned.
The devices can detect even very low amounts of THC – and are much more sensitive than normal alcohol tests.
“Employers have the same fundamental problems as law enforcement. They need to maintain a safe workplace, but not have to worry about what their employees do in their free time. Someone can go home, smoke pot just like I’d enjoy a glass of wine, and not test positive,” Lynn added.
The new devices are expected to go into use throughout the US in 2020. The actual device is priced at US$5000 and the single-use tests are $20 each.