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Researchers Closing in on Marijuana Breath Test That Police Can Use

Researchers at Washington State University say they think they are about a year away from having a portable breath test that police can use to detect if someone has recently consumed marijuana.

Roadside breath tests already exist to detect whether drivers have consumed alcohol. But officers have no similar device to test drivers for marijuana use, said Herbert Hill, a WSU chemistry professor working on the project.

Hill said his research team has completed its first round of testing of the marijuana breathalyzer and has made some improvements. The team is about to start a second round of testing, and Hill said he hopes to make the device available for police to use in the field sometime next year.

“For it to be used to help the arresting officer make a decision I hope is about a year away,” Hill said Tuesday. [Read more at the Tacoma News Tribune]

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