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WIRE: Marijuana legalization drives demand for THC breathalyzer

SEATTLE, WA –  CFN Media Group, the leading creative agency and digital media network dedicated to legal cannabis, announces the publication of an article examining the growing need for a THC breathalyzer.

Cannabix Technologies Inc. (OTC PINK:BLOZF) has been a first mover in the development of a marijuana breathalyzer and continues to be a leader in the space.

The company debuted its most recent beta in July — a standalone desktop sized device with a proprietary power supply that operates at 1/4 the size and 1/10 the power requirements of the alpha version. With a Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS) mass spec setup, the system is capable of accurately detecting THC concentrations. Cannabix is now completing its “Beta 2.0” device that will have been reduced in size even further, as much as 5X. The Beta 2.0 device will also deliver greater sensitivity. The company expects to have a pilot test ready device for scientific trials for later this fall, while the company continues to develop its Beta 3.0 version that will be a completely portable handheld device.

Kal Malhi, President, recently commented, “Cannabix is moving quickly towards launching our FAIMS-based Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer and completing external testing. With up to nine states in the US voting on marijuana legalization measures this fall, the need for a marijuana breathalyzer is becoming ever critical and we believe our timing for external testing of the Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer will coincide with further states legalizing marijuana.”

In Washington State, fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled after the state legalized the drug, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The group examined drug tests and fatal crashes among drivers in the state and found that the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from 8% to 17% between 2013 and 2014 — 1-in-6 drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 tested positive.

The problem is that there is no way for law enforcement professionals to accurately measure THC levels in the same way that they can test for alcohol. Rather than a simple roadside test, officers must take suspects into custody and arrange for a blood test to determine THC levels. These tests are both invasive for the suspects and difficult for officers to implement, since they must show probable cause before taking such actions.

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