The startup behind the world’s first marijuana breathalyzer just raised a fresh $30 million and offered a glimpse at how the device works

Shawn Ellis, a managing director at NFP Ventures, sees Hound’s device as an alternative to test methods currently used across industries like construction and trucking. Those tests can’t distinguish between someone who just smoked and someone who used several days before.

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Oakland-based company creates breath detector for pot, alcohol

“The good thing is that if it is not in your breath, then you are very unlikely to have used recently,” said Dr. Lynn.

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Hound Labs eyes launch of first marijuana breathalyzer

Some companies, particularly in industries involving heavy machinery, are interested in finding a way to control staff use of marijuana, now that it is legal in 10 US states and some countries around the world.

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using scientific testing to establish drug detection times for marijuana

How Long Can Marijuana be Detected in Drug Tests?

Several drug testing methodologies exist today, and they all detect past usage of marijuana over different time frames.

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Ask Dr. Lynn – Benefits of breath testing for THC

Dr. Lynn explains why breath – where THC stays for just 2-3 hours after smoking – is the best way to measure recent marijuana use.

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The California Report: January 3, 2018

Both [blood and urine] can provide evidence that you’ve been using marijuana — so if possession or use is illegal, then the police might have a case. But if you’re in one of the 29 states that, along with Washington D.C., allow some of kind of pot use, then it’s impairment while driving they’re after.

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Ask Dr. Lynn – Why test breath?

Testing breath is the only way to determine recent marijuana use, and to correlate the resulting measurement with impairment. Hound Labs CEO, Dr. Mike Lynn, explains why this is crucial for both safety and fairness.

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Ask Dr. Lynn – How has the potency of marijuana changed?

Dr. Mike Lynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Hound Labs, talks about the THC concentration in today’s marijuana products versus the THC content in the past, and the risks this poses.

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Ask Dr. Lynn – What happens when you mix marijuana and alcohol?

Hound Labs CEO, Dr. Mike Lynn, explains why mixing marijuana and alcohol is so dangerous, and then questions of common sense behind the choice to drive high.

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TV Interview: Mike Lynn, CEO, speaks with KGO SF

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