State lawmakers want Oklahoma to be among the first in the U.S. to implement a marijuana breathalyzer test.
Through a spending bill, they’re directing the Department of Public Safety to spend $300,000 on testing units made by Oakland, California–based Hound Labs, which are expected to be available late this year.
Rep. Scott Fetgatter (R-Okmulgee) said he read about the company in the news and while he doesn’t know what their profit margin on the test is, they’re trying to catch on in as many states as possible.
“And so, they were very willing to come down on some of their pricing on the cartridges and different things to make it economically feasible for us to do,” Fetgatter said.
Fetgatter said the state board of tests refused to take part in developing a breath test for marijuana.
Hound Labs claims the test can detect current marijuana use causing impairment rather than past use, but testing will be only a pilot program until its accuracy is confirmed. Rep. Ross Ford (R-Broken Arrow) was asked whether that means people can refuse to take one. [Read more at Public Radio Tulsa]