Hemp Plants. Image: Jungbim via Wikimedia Commons
 
Canadian researchers unraveled the genetic structure of 81 different marijuana and 43 hemp samples, in an attempt to test long-held assumptions about cannabis.
Sarah Stuive, biological control consultant, checks for bugs at Bedrocan Canada, a medical marijuana facility, in Toronto on Monday, August 17, 2015. Image: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Alexandra Posadzki ~ The Canadian Press ~
 
TORONTO – When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.
Hemp field

Tom Weber ~ Minnesota Public Radio ~

A University of Minnesota plant biologist has identified a key gene that distinguishes hemp from marijuana.
marijuana cigarette and smoke
Natalie Grover ~ Reuters ~
 
As cannabis bans are relaxed in more U.S. states, the race is on to develop an instant roadside breathalyzer for police to test drivers who may be taking the "high" road.
Image of a map showing recreational marijuana usage in Colorado by region
 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is the state agency that most frequently raises alarms about marijuana use.
Image of a box of legal recreational marijuana from Kindman - Denver Colorado
 
As with any newly developing industry, marijuana has had several unforeseen setbacks on the road to becoming a blossoming new sector.
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Marijuana advocates fear cross-pollination with low-THC hemp, and state legislators take up the issue
Image of three different marijuana strains showing perfect flower buds.
 
When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety.
Image of legalized medical marijuana
Hampton Sides ~ National Geographic ~
 
As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.
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Next Thursday I am scheduled to debate Robert White, co-author (with Bill Bennett) of Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana Is Harming America, on Glenn Beck’s radio show.
Image of a Pie Chart showing 83.2% of people did not use cannabis before using other drugs
 
It's our legal drug of choice that is at the beginning of the chain
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Matt Ferner ~ Huffington Post ~
 
Opponents of legalizing marijuana can't be happy about several new polls released Tuesday. Majority support for making cannabis legal is holding steady, while young adults are legalization's biggest fans. And that's true both nationally and in several swing states.
Image of a 3D printed hemp plastic skate board
TE EDWARDS ~ 3DPrint.com
 
Commercial production of hemp in the West took hold in the eighteenth century, and the colonial and naval expansion of England at the time meant large quantities of hemp were needed to make everything from rope to shipbuilding oakum. 
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The Guardian ~
 
What’s it like to turn your science into 90 minutes of TV? The researchers involved in Channel 4’s Drugs Live share their experience
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David Downs ~ East Bay Express ~
 
In February we detailed how cannabis research is institutionally biased and broadly misinterpreted by the media. Today we get an illustration of that vicious cycle.
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Seana Smith ~ Fox Business News
 
The U.S. market for legal cannabis is booming, bringing in $2.7 billion last year, according to The ArcView Group. That figure is a 74% jump from 2013.  
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Johnny Green ~ The Weed Blog
 
Marijuana reformers and hemp reformers have fought side by side for many years.

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