The device would enable traffic officers or employers to detect dagga in a person’s system by testing their saliva. The test could indicate whether a person had smoked or ingested dagga in the previous three hours.
Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka, spokesperson to MEC of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela, said: “The department has heard about this technology and we understand it’s still in its development phase. The technology has not been finalised. We are however monitoring the space, and when settled, we’ll look at getting it approved in South Africa.”
The tests entering the market include a device that looks like a lollipop and has a sponge head. The person apparently takes the device so that it can absorb their saliva, which is then placed in chemicals. A few minutes later, the test reveals if the person has smoked dagga.
Until now, there has been no widely available test to tell if a person is under the influence of dagga. The urine test widely used can only indicate whether the person has taken dagga any time within the past month - not whether they are currently under the influence.