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Medical marijuana shop in Denver. Image: UserODea via Wikimedia Commons.

Marijuana dispensaries have come a long way from the seedy head shops lining Venice Beach. Today, these brick-and-mortar establishments range from boutique shops where "budtenders" walk you through the product line to fluorescent-lit clinics where medicinal use is emphasized.

Joints for sale at Mr. Bill’s of Buckley, the first recreational marijuana store to open in Pierce County outside of Tacoma, September 2014. Image: Peter Haley Staff photographer, via NewsTribune.com
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Researchers at Washington State University say they think they are about a year away from having a portable breath test that police can use to detect if someone has recently consumed marijuana.

The second-generation prototype of the portable marijuana field breath tester. Image: Tom Banse, Northwest News Network

Washington State University researchers are developing a hand-held device that police officers can use to detect THC in breath. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Pam Bosch, Homeowner, Highland Hemp House, with a ball of hempcrete. Video Image via National Geographic
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Times are changing for the cannabis cousins. States are legalizing marijuana, and the U.S. is easing its ban on growing hemp. Will a hemp boom follow?

Eaze, which launched 16 months ago, is the brainchild of Keith McCarty, 30, who grew up in Orange and graduated from Chapman University. Image: Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times

Carlos and I are bombing around San Francisco in his 1999 Maxima, delivering marijuana to people who have ordered it from Eaze, a company that many have called the "Uber of cannabis."

Grow room at a Denver facility. Image: WeedWorthy.com
 
Technology will play a huge role in the cannabis industry’s future legitimacy.

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