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If you thought a little Visine would be enough to fool the cops after smoking a ‘fatty,’ think again. Kal Malhi – a retired British Columbia RCMP officer – has spearheaded a project to developed a breathalyzer designed for detecting marijuana on a driver’s breath.
In order to test drivers for marijuana, police currently use saliva, blood, and urine samples, but tests can be unreliable as marijuana has the potential of staying in a person’s system for several days after consuming. This makes it hard to determine if the driver is actually high while driving.
“People are becoming very afraid to drink and drive nowadays because they feel that they will get caught and charged, but they’re not afraid to drug and drive because they don’t feel that law enforcement will do anything about it,” Malhi told reporters.
Named as the ‘Cannabix Breathalyzer’, the device operates similar to a traditional breathalyzer used for testing alcohol consumption. Malhi’s device — which still has more tests to undergo and is pending a patent — could potentially detect if a person used cannabis within two previous hours.