Company developing marijuana breathalyzer

BERKELEY, Calif. (WHDH) — A California company is developing a breathalyzer that could detect someone under the influence of marijuana.

The company, based in Berkeley, has been working with chemists to develop a way to detect if someone has recently smoked marijuana. Unlike blood and urine samples, breath could help prove someone was under the influence in that moment.

“We have tremendous interest from not only law enforcement, employers who are struggling with this problem, but also the cannabis industry who knows you can’t be driving stoned. Everybody really acepts that,” said Hound Labs CEO Mike Lynn.

The company said the breathalyzer could become available some time next year for less than $1,000.

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