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The Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer is being developed to give law enforcement and employers a tool to enforce public safety
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cannabix Technologies Inc. (CSE:BLO) (OTC:BLOZF) (the “Company or Cannabix”) developer of the Cannabix Marijuana Breathalyzer for law enforcement and the workplace, is pleased to report 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. These include adding a feedback loop to the dielectric barrier discharge (“DBD”) ion source which allows a shorter time to stable ionization with a conventional battery source resulting in a quicker start-up time. Furthermore, a specialized breath temperature stabilizing component, that maintains consistent breath temperature in cold as well as humid temperature settings, has been tested and is performing well. The device includes a new and improved, low power highly sensitive “detector” component.
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 focussed Ignition Interlock system.”
About Cannabix Technologies Inc.
Cannabix Technologies Inc. is 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 global jurisdictions. Cannabix is working to develop drug-testing devices that will detect THC- the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes intoxication- 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. The devices will also be useful for other practical applications such as testing employees in the workplace where intoxication by THC can be hazardous.
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