LuckyPhow
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August 4th, 2018 at 8:26:23 AM permalink
When recreational pot was first legalized in Nevada, there were so many crazy stories in the news. Hotel security doing room checks at 3 am because of marijuana odors in the halls. Discussions about how to mask the smell of marijuana, both on one's person or in a hotel room.

But, seems not so much in the news now. Or, maybe I'm too distant from Las Vegas to be aware of ongoing news stories. However, I'm interested in folks opinions about efforts -- apparently, increasingly successful efforts -- to develop breathalizer devices for marijuana, such as mentioned in this recent news story.

IIRC the Nevada Gaming Commission mandated that casinos must prohibit pot from casino properties, including performance events, hotels, gaming areas, parking garages, and on and on. News at the time seemed to indicate casinos tried to enforce the NGC edict, but with plenty of push-back from gaming patrons, hotel guests, and others.

So, has NGC decided to let casinos "look the other way" concerning pot use on their properties? Will police or casino security start aggressively using the new "toys" that allow them to test for THC in breath? Sure, there could be safety concerns. There could also be opportunities for fines to increase public revenue. It may be one thing to test a driver involved in an accident, and quite another to test some pedestrians who cannot stop laughing uncontrollably about some joke as they walk down the sidewalk.

So, what are your thoughts? And, before you begin, take a deep breath and exhale into this little tube thing, OK?
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August 4th, 2018 at 8:31:11 AM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

When recreational pot was first legalized in Nevada, there were so many crazy stories in the news. Hotel security doing room checks at 3 am because of marijuana odors in the halls. Discussions about how to mask the smell of marijuana, both on one's person or in a hotel room.

But, seems not so much in the news now. Or, maybe I'm too distant from Las Vegas to be aware of ongoing news stories. However, I'm interested in folks opinions about efforts -- apparently, increasingly successful efforts -- to develop breathalizer devices for marijuana, such as mentioned in this recent news story.

IIRC the Nevada Gaming Commission mandated that casinos must prohibit pot from casino properties, including performance events, hotels, gaming areas, parking garages, and on and on. News at the time seemed to indicate casinos tried to enforce the NGC edict, but with plenty of push-back from gaming patrons, hotel guests, and others.

So, has NGC decided to let casinos "look the other way" concerning pot use on their properties? Will police or casino security start aggressively using the new "toys" that allow them to test for THC in breath? Sure, there could be safety concerns. There could also be opportunities for fines to increase public revenue. It may be one thing to test a driver involved in an accident, and quite another to test some pedestrians who cannot stop laughing uncontrollably about some joke as they walk down the sidewalk.

So, what are your thoughts? And, before you begin, take a deep breath and exhale into this little tube thing, OK?



Every one of the 6 hotels I've stayed at since pot was legalized in LV, the floor has stunk of pot. Reeked. Have not smelled it in any casinos. That's all I know about your questions.
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August 4th, 2018 at 8:40:21 AM permalink
It's illegal to smoke pot in public. It's not illegal to be stoned in public. There is no crime that testing someone's breath will discover.
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August 4th, 2018 at 8:43:19 AM permalink
Smart tourists should either vape concentrates or take edibles. It completely eliminates the problem.

That said, I think burning marijuana smells better than 99% of the other odors in parking garages and casinos.

Thereís really no way to do breathalyzer type test for THC. In the case of accidents, blood tests are done at a hostpital to see how much THC is in a personís system.

Mouth swabs exist, but itís a binary yes/no this person has smoked weed type of thing, not a scale of how intoxicated a person is like a breathalyzer.
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August 4th, 2018 at 8:47:49 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

It's not illegal to be stoned in public. There is no crime that testing someone's breath will discover.



That is true as regards patrons at a casino or folks walking down the sidewalk, but there is at least one situation where testing a person's breath would be helpful, and that is as part of a suspected DUI investigation.

Just as cops use a breathalyzer to detect / establish alcohol impairment after a traffic stop, the same investigative tool is necessary to objectively prove that a driver of a motor vehicle is driving under the influence of cannabis.
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August 4th, 2018 at 9:05:57 AM permalink
As I understand it, pot can't be measured by breath. You have to draw blood and the test shows the results when tested, not when drawn. The law in Nevada says you shouldn't drive for two hours after smoking but there is no current test that can verify it. I believe police need a court order to draw blood except for accidents involving bodily injury.
The police in Henderson interpret the law differently than the Vegas cops do so it doesn't appear to be settled law yet.
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August 4th, 2018 at 9:08:02 AM permalink
Quote: gamerfreak

Smart tourists should either vape concentrates or take edibles. It completely eliminates the problem.

That said, I think burning marijuana smells better than 99% of the other odors in parking garages and casinos.

Thereís really no way to do breathalyzer type test for THC. In the case of accidents, blood tests are done at a hostpital to see how much THC is in a personís system.

Mouth swabs exist, but itís a binary yes/no this person has smoked weed type of thing, not a scale of how intoxicated a person is like a breathalyzer.



As the second most common smell in a garage seems to be urine, the smell of pot is a blessing.
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August 4th, 2018 at 9:18:13 AM permalink
It annoyed me on my trip that the whole strip smelled like weed.

I guess itís just me.
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August 4th, 2018 at 9:26:46 AM permalink
Stay off the strip. Your wallet will appreciate it.
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August 4th, 2018 at 9:40:25 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

It's illegal to smoke pot in public. It's not illegal to be stoned in public. There is no crime that testing someone's breath will discover.



This is exactly what I was thinking. Even if you blew positive, even if you had it on you...its still not illegal. It is only illegal if they catch you doing it in public.
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