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Cannabis Start-Up Develops COVID-19 Test That Can Detect Virus Within Minutes

BY ZACH HARRIS | MERRYJANE.COM | MAR 31, 2020



One pot company is turning its roadside THC screening gear into machines that can test for COVID-19. "It's actually different from anything else on the market right now, in terms of how fast it is and how accurate it is," said the CEO.

In the continued fight against COVID-19, testing for the virus has become one of many pitfalls in the country’s delayed crisis response. Without enough test kits to check everyone who seeks one, and long wait times for results, asymptomatic carriers have been freely spreading the virus in their communities.

Now, in an effort to help solve the US COVID-19 testing crisis, one Idaho cannabis start-up is converting devices built for roadside THC tests into coronavirus screening tech that works in five minutes. By checking for viral proteins instead of antibodies, Facible CEO Steven Burden is confident that the cannabis tech company can use its machines to help with the public health crisis.

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