UF Startup Cannabix Working on a ‘Pot Breathalyzer’ (Florida Trend)

UF Startup Cannabix Working on a ‘Pot Breathalyzer’

With more states allowing some form of legal marijuana use, the race is on to develop a breath test that law enforcement can use to determine the drug’s levels in drivers who may be under the influence.

University of Florida chemistry professor and inventor Richard Yost is working with Cannabix Technologies, a Canada-based, UF startup with operations in Vancouver and Gainesville, on a breath test based on inventions and research from Yost’s group at UF. Cannabix’s head analytical chemist is Jared Boock, who earned his doctorate while with Yost’s group. Cannabix is working on two devices, one handheld for police in the field, and a second, laboratory-sized device that would determine if results were accurate.

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