Cannabix Technologies Inc (CSE:BLO, OTCMKTS:BLOZF), which has developed the Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer to determine if a driver has smoked pot, said it is actively developing breath-testing technologies.
With recreational weed now legal in Canada, Cannabix says it has shortlisted two potential medical-device development companies to develop the next version of the device that will make roads safer and hold drivers accountable. The company said it would create multiple devices that would be used for “pilot testing.”
The device is likely to be hypersensitive, allowing it to pick up any THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — potentially present on drivers' breath.
“The introduction of legalized marijuana use in Canada is a watershed moment as it relates to public safety on our roads and workplaces,” the company said in a statement.
According to MADD Canada, the Canadian arm of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drugs are present in fatal crashes nearly twice as often as alcohol.
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“As the issue of drugged driving and influence of drugs in the workplace becomes increasingly acute, Cannabix is using its technology, R&D and scientific experience to develop effective tools to aid law enforcement and help governments and the public transition to marijuana legalization in various jurisdictions,” said the company.
Cannabix Technologies has been on the forefront in R&D to create an accurate breath test for ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes impairment.
“We believe that establishing point-of-care breath testing technology for cannabis is the future for law enforcement and workplace testing, as it is non-invasive, will be easy to use, and will look to provide superior sensitivity to help better determine impairment,” said the company.
Shares of Cannabix Technologies were up 1.7% to $1.75 in the OTC market.
Burnaby, Canada-based Cannabix Technologies develops marijuana breathalyzer devices for law enforcement and the workplace in North America.
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