The city of Bessemer stinks.
That’s according to local council member Linda Nelson, who added, “”You can smell marijuana everywhere. We’ve got people who can’t sit in their backyard because the smell from their neighbor is so bad.”
Which is why she and other members of the Bessemer City Council voted to purchase a smell-detecting device as a means to clamp down on illegal cannabis grows in the area.
Recreational cannabis is legal in Michigan, where Bessemer is located, however. And locals can also grow up to 12 plants at home, providing plants are visible to the naked eye or grown outside of an enclosed, secure area.
Presumably then, this new piece of equipment will assist authorities in located unlawful grows.
The device, a field olfactometer called the Nasal Ranger (not Smell-O-Scope – you’re thinking of Futurama), and the required training for one person will be cost the town $3,400 (approx’ £2,620).
Made by St. Croix Sensory, the Nasal Ranger blends external air with filtered air from a tank. The user can then use a dial on the side of the machine to evaluate the potency of the smell they are tracking.
The device has been used by a number of police forces across the United States.
There is some concern as to whether evidence gathered by the Nasal Ranger will stand up in court, however, reports Your Daily Globe.