Washington State University Needs Paid Volunteers to Smoke Marijuana for Research Study

PULLMAN, WA — Are you 21 or older, live in Washington, and want to get paid to smoke pot as part of a research study?

Researchers at Washington State University are working to develop a breathalyzer to detect marijuana use, and are seeking paid volunteers to participate.

Volunteers will earn $30 for their first hour of participation in the study, and $10 per hour for every additional hour they take part.

Researchers will not be providing marijuana to participants, however, because providing cannabis to volunteers would be in violation of federal law, putting the University at risk for a loss of federal funding.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old to participate in the study under Washington state law.

After a preliminary blood test and mouth swab, volunteers will be responsible for purchasing marijuana of their choice from any licensed Washington state retail marijuana store and smoke it in the privacy of their own home.

After smoking the marijuana, taxi cabs will transport volunteers from their homes to a hospital for additional testing to prevent any participant from driving under the influence.

Participants will also be encouraged to take part in a standard field sobriety test conducted by local law enforcement as part of the study.

Currently, the most common way to test a marijuana user’s impairment is through a blood test, and arbitrary per se limits to how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been a heavily debated point of contention as marijuana laws are loosened in the United States.

While there is no current standard for what constitutes driving under the influence of marijuana, under Washington state law drivers with five nanograms of active THC in their bloodstream can be prosecuted for a DUI.

A study conducted last year by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety determined that per se limits for THC are arbitrary and can not be scientifically reported.  A federally sponsored study conducted in 2015 determined that drivers who tested positive for THC in their blood were no more likely to be involved in car crashes than drug-free drivers.

The study will take place the last two weeks of May and continue through the first two weeks of June. For residents of Pullman, Washington who meet the qualifications of the study and wish to participate, contact Nathan Weller at (509)-432-1943 or by email at nathan_weller@hotmail.com.

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