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Researchers need volunteers to smoke marijuana for study

News Posted May 22 2017

Researchers at Washington State University are looking for volunteers to help them find levels of inebriation and create an accurate breathalyzer for law enforcement. State law says that 5 nanograms of THC in the bloodstream is cause for a DUI, but this research could help correct any misguided data and help law enforcement better understand intoxication from cannabis. If a tool can be developed to properly test for impairment from cannabis it could be used in all 29 medical marijuana states and 8 recreational marijuana states to better serve the community. Only residents of Pullman, Washington over the age of 21 will be eligble for the study which takes place the last two weeks of May and first two weeks of June. 

“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,” explained Weller.

“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,” explained Weller.

The study will take place the last two weeks of May and continue through the first two weeks of June. To join the study, contact Nathan Weller at (509)-432-1943 or by email at [email protected]

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