The increased use of marijuana and some illicit drugs in the United States along with the results of this report, point to the need for rapid and sensitive assessment tools to ascertain the presence of and impairment by marijuana and other illicit drugs.  View the full article here >

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“Having a marijuana breathalyzer that — for the first time — can focus on those people who have used pot in the last few hours, it transforms the ability in a fair way to determine who’s potentially impaired and who isn’t.” View the full article here >

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The difficulty with [blood testing] is police typically need a judge’s approval for a search warrant, and then need a trained phlebotomist to draw the blood, a process that can easily take a couple of hours. By then, studies show, most of the THC in blood has already dissipated, even though the person may still…

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“The thing that’s groundbreaking about this test is it can distinguish recent use from historic use,” Mr. Boxer said. “An employee in many states has a legal right to use cannabis.” View the full article here >

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“A test like that would frankly make sense,” Armentano [deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws] said. “Just like we wouldn’t allow employees to have a couple drinks and show up to work.” View the full article here >

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“I actually do see it as benefiting all parties,” he told the Bee. Most tests currently used by employers reveal marijuana use stretching back as far as 30 days, meaning workers could be penalized in some cases even if they are not high on the job. View the full article here >

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As more states legalize recreational marijuana, law enforcement is hoping to detect those driving under the influence. NBC News received an exclusive look at a new breathalyzer, tested by officials on the streets over Labor Day weekend. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports for TODAY. View the full article here >

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