Warren County to Pilot Marijuana Breathalyzer Technology

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WARREN, PA (Erie News Now) – Law enforcement in Warren County will be piloting marijuana breathalyzer technology to detect THC, according to a news release.

It is partnering with Canada-based Cannabix Technologies, which will provide two handheld units to police before the end of the year.

Police will be able to use the technology for about three months.

The breathalyzer can collect breath samples when a driver is stopped and suspected of having used cannabis. The samples are then sent to a designated laboratory to processed.

“Pennsylvania (PA) has legalized the medical use of marijuana and recreational adult use is right around the corner,” said Rob Greene, Warren County District Attorney, in a statement. “Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has legalized medical marijuana and more importantly, Warren County borders the State of New York which has legalized recreational use. The goal is to keep Warren County citizens safe from impaired drivers.”

In Pennsylvania, people cannot get behind the wheel of a vehicle if there is any marijuana metabolite in their blood. A person who is completely sober but legally used marijuana in the weeks before are driving illegally under state law.


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