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Why No One Should Ever Invest In A Marijuana Breathalyzer Company Or Stock

driving marijuana dui duiiI have written a couple of articles describing why marijuana breathalyzers are built on junk science. For starters, there’s yet to have been solid trials of any marijuana breathalyzer out there right now, so it’s debatable whether such a device can even detect marijuana on someone’s breath at all. And even if one can, that leads to another flaw to the marijuana breathalyzer idea – just because someone has marijuana on their breath doesn’t mean that they are impaired at the time of the test.

If I chew on a bud, and blow into a device, marijuana will be present on my breath, but there’s not way I would be experiencing any euphoric effects at all. Of if it had been a long time since I consumed marijuana, but the device detected a hint of marijuana on my breath, there’s no way for it to determine the precise time that I had last consumed. There is a mad rush right now to get the first marijuana breathalyzer to market because law enforcement wants one that they can use to detect stoned drivers.

I read a very interesting article today on Buzz Feed during which a reporter named  went to a marijuana expo and ran into the guys behind a company called Cannabix Technologies. Cannabix Technologies has claimed that they are on the cusp of being the first to the market with a marijuana breathalyzer that accurately captures whether or not someone is too stoned to be driving. After quite a bit of background about the marijuana breathalyzer concept in general, skeptical comments that were made about the Cannabix Technologies company, and specifically discussing the pros and cons of the Cannabix Technologies model of a marijuana breathalyzer, the reporter asks if she can try it. It had been 18 hours since she last consumed marijuana according to the article, so she was in no way impaired, but clearly had marijuana in her system.

The test registered as a negative. The reporter was impressed for a brief moment, until the truth about the effectiveness of the product came out. Per BuzzFeed:

For a moment, I was impressed.

But then Malhi said, “So this won’t test positive, because we don’t have the components for a positive result.”

I was a little woozy, so it took a little while for the reality of what had happened to sink in.

“What do you mean, you don’t have the components for a positive result?” I asked.

“We don’t have the internal mechanism that would test for a positive result,” Malhi said.

“So…what was that just testing?”

“Right now? It’s just testing a blank test.”

“So…even if I had smoked an hour ago, it wouldn’t know.”

“No. Not right now. Not the way it is right now,” Malhi said.

“Yeah, the way it is, there’s certain components we left at home,” Mlait added.

“The components that actually test for THC…you left at home,” I repeated.

“We’re just not ready to do that demonstration yet, with the alpha version,” Malhi said. “Until we have it right, we don’t want to be demonstrating it. That’s why we need to go to a beta version, before we hand it out for testing.”

I really encourage you to read the entire article. It is probably the best article I’ve seen to date that debunks the marijuana breathalyzer dream product that law enforcement, many legislators, and marijuana opponents are hoping for. If Cannabix Technologies is the closest to launching a product, as the article suggests, I don’t see why anyone would ever invest in such a product, regardless of who makes it. This idea is so far away from becoming reality, assuming it’s even possible, that I think investors would be much better suited to just save their money, or invest it elsewhere in the cannabis industry.

  • Adam

    Dude, you’re an idiot. How much are you. Wing paid to bash this stock? This is 2ce I read this article from you, I think you are unethical and dishonest. In additional you’re a moron. This company of they can make this will go to 50.00 a share easy.its worth it to me. Make or break.whatever, you’re prob not goi g to publish this response anyway.

    • Bob Mylow

      What the author might have been trying to point out are some facts. It’s been established by NIDA and the FDA that the BMI formula does not correctly correlate to real world impairment or does THC levels in the blood. Both of those can directly correlate with alcohol to establish a impairment level. With cannabis it’s more to do with the number and density of CB1 and CB2 receptors and THC tolerance.So a person stoned with a 50 ng/mL THC blood level may be more impaired than a person with 200 ng/mL of THC in their system. Also they have found age, gender and years of use also play into impairment variations. Some user with an extreme tolerance will be carted off to jail with a light buzz. while some one who’s really totally ripped is sent down the road. A tester is not going to be an easy fix. Field tests will likely be the best answer for sometime to come.

      • Adam

        That’s why they are calling it a ground breaker. If they were able to male this then they need to protect it and before making it public make sure they got it right. I think there doing it correct. Waiting until elections before they introduce it. lol we shall all see. For me it’s worth the risk. I’m in.

        • reefer

          Heres hoping ya lose your shirt..

          • Adam

            Lol if it goes down I’ll. it more. Loose my shirt? You sound like a couch serfer. Hey, here is a idea… Short the stock and let’s see which one of us comes out ahead
            Here is to you getting a life

          • reefer

            English, please. You sound like a drunk. How does one “short” the stock? Yes, please “loose” your shirt. Your typing tells me you might be uptight.

            Ps. “serf” is a noun, not a verb. I think you were trying to spell “surfer”. Of course, given that you’re willing to invest in a weed breathalyzer, makes you a pretty good modern day “serf”. I’d rather have no life than one that sucks as bad as yours must.

          • Adam

            Can I spell
            Idiot?its called using a phone to answer you’re punk a?? at any rate, this stock and company will be good. Sounds like you’re a hater

          • dunkmycat7

            All good points for Mr Stoner,but you CAN short the stock if you wish…I would just stay away until they prove the technology works,
            You want a legit pot stock with Positive Phase 3 results and real efficacy – take a look at GWPH.

          • dunkmycat7

            Perhaps we might take you more seriously if you could spell, use proper grammar and weren’t so obviously high when you wrote this.

          • Adam

            Lol if it goes down I’ll. it more. Loose my shirt? You sound like a couch serfer. Hey, here is a idea… Short the stock and let’s see which one of us comes out ahead
            Here is to you getting a life

        • Bob Mylow

          Hope you have good luck too. all real high profit investments do have a margin of risk.

  • MrPC

    Blood THC levels don’t necessarily correspond to impairment. A roadside impairment test might make sense, but any THC-based test, even if it actually worked, is nearly meaningless.

  • Michael Ribble

    I own a lot of stock and I know for a fact that time will tell.