CANNABIX TECHNOLOG (OTCMKTS:BLOZF) describes itself as a leader in marijuana breathalyzer development for law enforcement and the workplace. Cannabix has established breath testing technologies in the pursuit of bringing durable, portable hand-held tools to market to enhance detection of marijuana impaired driving offences on roads at a time when marijuana is becoming legal in many jurisdictions.
This starts with the British Columbia based company’s home country. Canada is set to legalize marijuana for adult recreational usage just 8 months from now. There are many concerns across the country as to what regulations there will be and how they will be enforced. Surely some protection against driving while high will be included in that and it makes Cannabix’s technology that much more intriguing, if the company manages to develop a practical, working testing implement for the field.
CANNABIX TECHNOLOG (OTCMKTS:BLOZF) is working to develop drug-testing devices that will detect THC- the psychoactive component of marijuana – using breath samples. In particular, Cannabix is focused on developing breath testing devices for detection of recent use of THC, in contrast to urine testing for THC metabolite that requires an invasive collection and reflects use days or even weeks earlier.
In realation to this technology, BLOZF this week has reported that it has filed several Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) applications related to product development innovations over the last several months. Some of the PCT applications are for a marijuana focused Ignition Interlock device. An Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) requires a driver to blow into an installed device confirming the driver is not impaired before the vehicle will start. Many countries are requiring an IID as a condition for drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, especially repeat offenders.
Courts typically mandate drivers who have received multiple alcohol impaired driving convictions to install IIDs and drivers are required to provide a breath sample before a vehicle can be started, in addition to intermittent re-sampling during longer trips. In the U.S. and Canada, most states and provinces have approved some form of IID use. Additionally, families are voluntarily choosing to install ignition interlock systems in their vehicles to help guard against new or young drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The Company is also pleased to report development of its “Beta 3.0” (Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer) device based on its FAIMS- (field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry) is 95% complete and the company will commence testing with this latest device shortly. The Company has ramped up development efforts with its Beta devices and has made several technological improvements for field use.
CEO Rav Mlait states, “Cannabix Technologies continues to receive considerable interest from government and law enforcement for the development of its point of care Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer. Our team of scientists in Vancouver and Florida are working methodically and rapidly to develop this device for the public. We are excited to have made applications to initiate IP protection of our marijuana focused Ignition Interlock system.” (Source: Globe Newswire)
If Cannabix can indeed field a working marijuana breathalyzer device, it could mean big business opportunities, not only in places where marijuana is legal, but just about everywhere else as well. It’s a story that we are most interesting in tracking on an ongoing basis.Keep it locked to Street Register for updates, and we’ll deliver those important developments on BLOZF to you as they unfold. In the meantime, if you’ve yet to sign up for our 100% free newsletter, do so now! Just enter your active email address into the box below and submit!
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