Nasal Ranger Device Being Used For Marijuana Smell Complaints In Colorado

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A very strange looking gadget comes into play when a complaint about marijuana odor is made in Denver.

The Huffington Post reports that in Denver, when a complaint is filed about the smell of marijuana in an area, the Department of Public Health's Ben Siller is called out with his field olafactometer to sniff around and see if the law has been broken.

The complaints are mostly about the powerful odor generated by businesses growing marijuana plants — not people smoking pot, Siller said, according to 7NEWS.

The Nasal Ranger device is owned by the department and helps investigators detect the intensity of an odor by filtering out the odorous air. If the odor reaches a level of 8:1 or greater, that's a violation of Denver's odor ordinance and can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

"We have spoken to the marijuana grow operators. We let them know that there is a complaint and we have asked them to be proactive to try and mitigate the odors coming out of their facilities," Siller told 7NEWS.

7NEWS also reported that according to data it obtained the number of marijuana odor complaints more than doubled between 2010 and 2012. Seven were filed in 2010 and a total of 16 were investigated last year.

The Huffington Post also notes that recently, the Denver City Council was considering making the smell of marijuana, or even the sight of someone smoking marijuana, illegal if it could be smelled or seen by others, but have not yet reached a decision on the ordinance.

Sources: Huffington Post, 7NEWS