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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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