As marijuana has been decriminalized and even legalized in states across
America, one of the problems facing law enforcement is how to regulate
driving under the influence of this drug. THC, the main chemical compound
in marijuana, can cause problems for law enforcement because it is processed
by the body much differently than alcohol and because it can remain in
the user's system for days or weeks following its use.
The nature of THC makes it difficult for law enforcement to accurately
measure if a driver is impaired – and especially if they are too
impaired – when they are behind the wheel of their car. The problem
for officers in the field, then, becomes finding an effective tool that
can be used to accurately determine when a driver is too high to drive.
Development of a Marijuana Breathalyzer
Due to these concerns, a company called Cannabix Technologies is preparing
to unveil a breathalyzer device that can detect the presence of THC in
a driver's lungs.
The device can determine if a driver has used the substance within two
hours of getting behind the wheel. Since it only involves a suspect breathing into the device, it can be
used at routine traffic stops and can be more accurate than the traditional
law enforcement testing methods.
The perks of a marijuana breathalyzer is that it can minimize the intensive
time and costs that occur when someone is falsely accused of driving under
the influence of marijuana. However, it may also cause an increase in
the amount of people that are arrested and provide more evidence against
them in court.
The potential for a breathalyzer of this kind is no cause for concern.
Like any breathalyzer, the results of a marijuana breathalyzer can be
proven inaccurate or questionable, especially early on in its development.
A skilled DUI defense attorney will be able to examine the testing process,
the manner the test was given, and other factors to find holes in prosecution's
charges. As this product is rolled into the market, it will be more important
than ever to protect yourself with an attorney in a DUI case.
To discuss your rights after a marijuana DUI arrest,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today.