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"Smelloscope" Device Sniffs Out Pot Odor Complaints in Denver

The Nasal Ranger is a portable odor detecting and measuring device that can quantify odor strength, and is used to enforce “odor violations,” or a “very strong industrial odor” that reaches a level of 8:1 or greater, which can result in a fine up to $2,000.

Ben Siller is an environmental health investigator in Denver and uses the Nasal Ranger to sniff out the increasing number of marijuana odor complaints since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado. He says the complaints are primarily about the smell generated by businesses that grow marijuana rather than people smoking pot. These complaints have doubled between 2010 and 2012, and accounts for one out of every eight odor complaints in Denver.

Denver’s Department of Environmental Health is anticipating another spike in odor complaints when marijuana is sold legally for the first time on Jan. 1, 2014.

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