Science

Hemp field

Tom Weber ~ Minnesota Public Radio ~

A University of Minnesota plant biologist has identified a key gene that distinguishes hemp from marijuana.

Image of hemp vs. marijuana
 
Marijuana advocates fear cross-pollination with low-THC hemp, and state legislators take up the issue

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 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.

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 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.

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