A Wheat Ridge maker of breathalyzers used to detect blood alcohol has landed at $250,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development to develop a similar instrument to assess THC impairment. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.
The grant, which requires matching funds from the company, will allow Lifeloc Technologies to speed development of a tool that will be marketed to law enforcement, corrections, schools and workplaces.
“There is no equivalent of a marijuana breathalyzer today. Law enforcement does not have a fast, reliable and non-invasive THC impairment test available at roadside,” Lifeloc president Barry Knott said in a statement.
The grant flows through the Colorado Advanced Industries Accelerator Program. Lifeloc, which is traded over the counter, makes evidential breath alcohol testers for use by law enforcement and the workplace.