Saturday, November 16, 2013

Investigators use 'nasal ranger' smelloscope to help crack down on pot smokers

Denver has passed a new “odor ordinance” with a potential $2,000 fine for anyone found guilty of polluting the atmosphere.

The need to draw up standards emerged because of the confusion over the legal position of whether somebody smoking marijuana in their own home could be committing an environmental offense when the smell seeps into the street.

Under the new law an offense is committed if the odor is detectable when the smoke is mixed with seven times the volume of clean air.

The nose telescope – also known as an olfactometer – is the device used to measure the concentration of cannabis in the air. -Telegraph Reported

When there's some strange smell in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? The Nasal Ranger! That's who.

"Futurama's" Professor Farnsworth isn't the only one with a powerful smelloscope. In Denver, when a complaint is filed about marijuana odor in an area, the Department of Public Health's Ben Siller is called out with his field olfactometer to sniff around and see if the law has been broken.

Siller told 7News that he's mostly called out to smell marijuana odor complaints from businesses that grow marijuana, not from marijuana smokers enjoying some legal weed in the privacy of their own homes.

Siller, who has been investigating odor complaints for 26 years, uses the department's Nasal Ranger device to determine how strong the odor is and if a violation has occurred -- which it turns out is rare. The Denver Post reports that the odor has to reach a level of 8:1 or greater which can mean a fine of up to $2,000. But that hasn't happened since 1994.

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