Have you seen someone using the device that is shown in the picture in the upper right hand corner of this article? If so, did you wonder what in the world is that person doing? Apparently, a person is walking around Denver, Colorado using a device similar to that one trying to hunt down marijuana odors. Yes, it’s a real job that someone does, and yes, there is a device that can give you superhero-like smelling abilities.
According to the Huffington Post:
In Denver, when a complaint is filed about marijuana odor in an area, the Department of Public Health’s Ben Siller is called out with his field olfactometer to sniff around and see if the law has been broken.
Siller, who has been investigating odor complaints for 26 years, uses the department’s Nasal Ranger device to determine how strong the odor is and if a violation has occurred — which it turns out is rare. The Denver Post reports that the odor has to reach a level of 8:1 or greater which can mean a fine of up to $2,000. But that hasn’t happened since 1994.
The fact that government money is being spent to fund a guy with a smelling device who is walking around looking for marijuana odors is kind of weird to me. I personally think that money could be better spent elsewhere. If a fine hasn’t been handed out since 1994, how do they justify keeping this position? How do you feel about it? If there was a ‘Nasal Ranger’ operating in your area, how would you react? Given, there hasn’t been a fine handed out in almost 20 years, but isn’t that reason enough to just get rid of the position? I look forward to your comments.