Akron startup Cannibuster aims to measure marijuana use in drivers (video)

Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.

Written by Julie Washington.

Talking about legalized pot with her kids made Kathy Stitzlein think about the need for a roadside device to measure levels of marijuana intoxication.

As a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at the University of Akron, Stitzlein invented Cannibuster, which uses a saliva sample to measure levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the bloodstream. The product is still under development and awaiting trials.

Law enforcement officers will be able to use the portable product to give roadside tests to impaired drivers. Patients using medical marijuana could use Cannibuster to determine if it’s safe for them to get behind the wheel, said Stitzlein, 56, of Millersburg.

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Originally published June 20, 2017.

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