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Breathalyzer for weed could be a ‘game changer’ for legalization efforts

PHILADELPHIA – When New Jersey lawmakers debated earlier this year whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the Garden State’s police organizations were adamantly against it.

The cops said that legal weed might lead to an explosion in the numbers of impaired drivers operating under the influence. And the police would be caught flatfooted trying to tell whether drivers they pulled over were high or not.

“With alcohol, if you have over 0.08% in your blood, there’s the presumption that you’re intoxicated,” said Christopher Leusner, head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

A breathalyzer device developed by Hound Labs in Northern California is portable and can run tests for both alcohol and marijuana. It just may change the minds of many of those reluctant police officers.

Intrinsic Capital Partners, a Philadelphia growth equity fund, is so convinced of a “potential massive market” for the device.

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