Washington State University is conducting a study to create a marijuana breathalyzer. They’re asking for volunteers that would like to smoke marijuana to participate in the study. In Washington, 5-nanograms of active THC constitutes “drugged driving.”
Nathan Weller, research assistant and city councilor, says the research is needed for quick-response detection technology, KDSK 5 News reports. The volunteers have to be at least 21-years old. Volunteers must reside in Pullman to be eligible to participate.
Weller said, “We’re trying to create a roadside tool for law enforcement and businesses to detect if someone is inebriated or under the influence of marijuana…This is cutting edge – there is nothing in the world like this.”
Participants will start with a mouth swab and blood testing. They’ll be instructed to purchase marijuana from a state-licensed recreational marijuana store and use it privately in their own home. Taxis will be sent to pick up participants so that no one is “under the influence” on the way to the facility.
Participants will be taken to a hospital for the secondary testing portion. A standard sobriety test will also be offered and participants are encouraged to partake in it.
Weller said, “Law enforcement and businesses are struggling to enforce a no drug policy in legalized states. Often times, they have to wait for test results. This tool helps both government agencies and businesses get fast results to determine who is in fact under the influence. “
The study takes place during the last two weeks of May and first two weeks of June.
If you are interested in participating in the study, contact Nathan Weller at 509-432-1943 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.