MA State Police Test THC Saliva Swab Tech To Catch Stoned Drivers
Boston, MA - Massachusetts was among the first states in the country to approve legalized marijuana. Police and advocacy groups have since been scrambling to make the necessary changes which will both allow for this new legal consumption and keep those consumers safe while they indulge.
For that reason, MA State Police are in a testing phase for a saliva verification process which would definitively detect if a person had recently had THC - the active drug in cannabis - in their system.
"The goal is to maintain safe roadways," Major Rick Ball of the MA State Police told the Boston Herald. "We're hoping the technology catches up and, similar to the Breathalyzer, comes up with some way for us to detect if somebody is under the influence of marijuana."
The question, for some, is how definitive must this test be.
Some argue the THC swab testing is not necessarily an equivalent to that of a Breathalyzer for alcohol. Their - as of now unsubstantiated - claim is that THC lingers in saliva for long after the individual is physically effected by the substance.