Vermont not likely to approve saliva testing for marijuana use

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The debate on how to manage Vermont’s recreational marijuana market rages on

Vermont Governor Phil Scott wants recreational marijuana in the state – but only on one condition. He wants there to be a way to conduct roadside tests to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. The solution that has been most often suggested in the state has been a saliva test, but this could only happen if a warrant were issued. As such, there’s little chance any saliva test would be a valid measurement if law enforcement tries to get a warrant at 2 in the morning. Scott insists, though -no saliva testing, no recreational marijuana.

Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson says that the warrant issue is a matter for law enforcement, not legislators. He told the Vermont House Judiciary Committee yesterday, “The only question is whether it should be done with a warrant or without a warrant … that is a legitimate question. To me, the courts are the ones that are uniquely qualified to make that determination,” adding, “I don’t think it’s a political bargaining chip on legislation.”

The debate will continue on how to approve recreational marijuana in the state while trying to meet Governor Scott’s requirements. He has already shown support for cannabis, signing a bill last year that allows up to one ounce of marijuana and home cultivation, but full-blown recreational marijuana across the state is on a completely different level.

There could be another solution coming that should appease Scott and everyone else. A company out of California, Hound Labs, has reportedly created the world’s first breathalyzer for both alcohol and marijuana. It is expected to be ready for delivery later this year.