For police and pot smokers, traffic stops pose a huge problem. There’s no quick way to tell if a driver is high — whether they ingested pot a couple hours ago, or last week. But an Oakland startup claims its new technology, announced Wednesday, will enable law enforcement to immediately detect and measure current levels of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — by sampling a couple of breaths. THC and tech LocalBy Joe GarofoliGroup helps pot smokers come out to Asian-American parentsBiz & TechBy Joe GarofoliPot patents: intellectual property becomes a priorityBiz & TechBy Joe GarofoliPot startup donates $2 M in bid to legalize marijuana in stateBiz & TechBy Joe GarofoliTech venture capitalists finally give pot industry a serious look Developed at UC Berkeley, trials on Hound Labs’ new technology will begin early next year at UC San Francisco. That’s when Alameda County sheriff’s deputies will begin carrying prototypes of the firm’s handheld device to conduct voluntary roadside tests. If it works — and receives Food and Drug Administration approval several years down the road — the gadget could prove quite profitable considering there are more than 12,000 local law enforcement agencies to count as potential customers in… Read full this story
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