The concern for safety regarding stoned driving is among the issues facing states in which cannabis has been legalized. Canary, a new smartphone app, aims to help cannabis users determine whether they are fit to get behind the wheel.
The trouble that cannabis presents for traffic officers stems from its defiance of current DUI criteria, which were developed to prevent alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and depend heavily on quantitative breathalyzer tests as the standard for intoxication. Unlike alcohol, cannabis cannot be readily detected in a driver’s system during a roadside stop, making it difficult for police to prove a driver is too impaired to be on the road.
Though a handful of companies are working to develop a breathalyzer to accurately detect THC levels in drivers, most authorities agree that measuring THC will not be enough to assess impairment. That is because detectable levels of THC stay in the body long after the high, along with its impairing effects, has faded. What is more, the degree of intoxication that individuals experience as a result of using cannabis can vary widely from one person to the next, meaning that if two drivers are given the same amount of cannabis, one may easily pass field sobriety tests while the other unequivocally fails.
Cannabis advocates and public safety agencies agree that enforcement policies cannot rely on objective tests alone. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s website states: “It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone,” and “It is difficult to establish a relationship between a person’s THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects.”
According to Emily Paxhia of Poseidon Asset Management, a Cannabis investment fund that has given $250,000 to develop a THC breathalyzer,
“If there is a detector out there and there is not proof that THC levels are attached to impairment, it could end up putting more people in prison, which is not what we want.”
At present, however, concerns about strict adherence to tests such as urine, hair and breath analysis to successfully prosecute DUI cases against cannabis users under the influence are premature; roadside urine and blood tests are logistically impractical, and according to companies working to bring THC breathalyzers to market, it will likely be 10 years before the instruments are deployed in police cruisers.
That is where Canary comes in. The app’s creator, Marc Silverman, reported,
“Drug tests such as urinalyses or blood tests are retrospective….The best those tests can do is assess lifestyle: Did you consume pot at some time? It has absolutely no impact on whether you can perform.”
Rather than rely on the incomplete and misleading data from blood, hair or urine measurements, the Canary app collects information about six motor and cognitive abilities that indicate a person’s fitness to drive. Parameters include time perception, memory, balance and reaction time. Upon repeated attempts at the challenges while unimpaired, users establish a baseline against which they can gauge their driving ability after they have taken cannabis.
Though the logic of such an app may not apply to chronic users of cannabis, whose baseline scores may reflect a condition that law enforcement would regard as unacceptable for driving, for the majority of cannabis users, Silverman has created a means to responsibly reconcile their cannabis use and the way it affects their driving ability.
Silverman is quick to point out that his invention is not intended to solve law enforcement’s problems in determining DUI as a result of THC intoxication. He said,
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable allowing for law enforcement to use it.”
The inspiration for the name of the app comes from the phrase “a canary in a coal mine.” Silverman hopes cannabis users will employ Canary in the manner the app’s name suggests. He wants them to avoid problems with police and other motorists before they happen by turning back before it is too late.
The Whaxy App has recently been made available for download on iPhones through the App Store, providing the ultimate cannabis destination right in the palm of your hand.
The sleek, intuitive design provides an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly interface experience. A bank of hundreds of strains, concentrates, edibles and topicals is included, and they can all easily be searched, shared and reviewed.
The most up-to-date dispensary locator allows users to easily find any medical or recreational dispensary, and the option to search for the one most nearby is included. All of the most current happenings, news, recipes, industry information and much more can also be accessed right in the App, eliminating the need to use a web browser.
Below are just 4 of the reasons that Whaxy is the cannabis App your phone has been missing.
1. Hundreds of Strains, Concentrates and Edibles
The extensive bank of strains, concentrates, edibles, beverages, tinctures and topicals will answer all of your questions about available cannabis products with high quality photos, reviews and information. Detailed summaries are included for each of these items to help novice users learn more about a product before they choose to buy.
Users are also able to leave their own reviews of all products and submit photos to help create a most useful and educational experience. When leaving reviews, users can even select which dispensary the item was purchased from to share the most detailed product information.
Whaxy users are able to easily identify what strains and cannabis infused products are right for them through a number of different filters including flavors, effects, and medical conditions.
2. Up-to-Date Dispensary Locator
This provides the most up-to-date contact and location information for the medical and recreational dispensaries in your area. The map locator will use your phone’s GPS to reveal which dispensaries are nearest your current location, and users are able to easily switch between a map and list views. Once the desired dispensary has been selected, simply clicking the directions link within the dispensary profile will immediately open turn-by-turn directions to the selected destination through Google Maps.
Each dispensary profile displays whether debit or credit cards are accepted, if the facility has an in-house ATM, hours of operation, contact information, and whether it is medical or recreational facility. Just like with strains, concentrates and edibles, users are able to leave dispensary reviews and photos as well as read what others have written about each establishment.
Dispensaries open, close and change contact information frequently. The Whaxy App will provide the most up-to-date information to keep up with the ever-changing world in which we live.
3. Order Ahead Capability
Whaxy eliminates the need to wait in long dispensary lines by giving users the ability to browse, shop and order on their own time. First, users select products and quantities from the dispensary menu. Next, the date and time for pickup is selected, and the order is placed. It is the most convenient way for the modern cannabis consumer to shop.
For now, because of App Store rules, the Whaxy App will lead you to the web browser to complete the order-ahead transaction. Touch the question mark icon on the top right corner of the dispensary menu screen to complete your order.
There are currently a handful of dispensaries that this tool can be used to order from with many more being added daily.
4. News, Culture, and Medical Information
Whaxy is the rapidly growing resource for the cannabis community that provides timely and relevant cannabis news, knowledge, information and entertainment. You’ve surely seen our news and culture by now, so you know know the kind of meaningful content we strive to provide. This content is available through the Whaxy App for even faster readability.
On top of the most current news and industry knowledge, Whaxy also provides hundreds of tried-and-true recipes to help you make your own cannabis edibles and topicals at home, as well as the most recent information regarding medical conditions, scientific research and studies.
Download the Whaxy App for free today, and you will realize it is the cannabis App your iPhone has been missing.
Don’t have an iPhone? You can access the same information through the Web App at Whaxy.com. Android users need not worry because Whaxy will soon be available for download on their operating system.
Happy searching, learning and sharing!
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