Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo.
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The legal cannabis industry will have to develop scientific research and evidence based growth methods and technology if it is to succeed against the secretive illicit industry.
Marijuana brand name stickers are visible as customers line up at the counter in CannaDaddy’s Wellness Center marijuana dispensary in Oregon in April.
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There's a strong case for governments to allow cannabis producers to brand their products via packaging and advertising like any other product. It could boost quality and consumer satisfaction.
Setting a low age floor for legal access to cannabis could improve drug-use prevention, education, health and safety for youth, research suggests.
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Allowing young people to legally access marijuana will improve cannabis education and use-prevention, and hinder illegal activity.
This is what a marijuana plant, growing legally in Colorado, looks like.
The federal government outlaws marijuana, but many states are legalizing it. Coupled with the growing number of cannabis-related patents, the potential for court battles is dizzying.
Smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen in Boulder, Co.
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Edible marijuana, especially in forms that are appealing to young people, is problematic. Here are things to consider to keep kids safe.
A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint.
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We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
Cannabis is on display at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 30, 2015.
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The trend toward marijuana legalization is growing, but the legality, or illegality, of cannabis at the federal level hasn't changed at all.
Millions of Americans in nine states will vote on Nov. 8 for the right to do this.
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Nine states are deciding whether to legalize marijuana. Yet the drug's prohibition at the federal level has created an unstable financial environment for producers and retailers.
Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, Washington.
An era of prohibition may soon be over for marijuana, and powerful players are watching. A legal expert explains how smaller, local producers can keep their pot in the game.
Indoor marijuana farms are becoming one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United States.
As more states legalize marijuana, growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy. Rules for this new industry should include requirements to use clean power or pay carbon fees.
In some states this is medical marijuana.
The phrase 'medical marijuana' might give you the image of people buying plants or dried marijuana to smoke. But that's not always the case.
Throughout history, most people have used marijuana to escape the toils of everyday life.
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For over 500 years, the drug has been associated with racism and poverty.
Heavy cannabis use is consistently associated with poorer attention and memory, and increased rates of metal health problems.
The legislative changes poised to increase the availability of cannabis are outpacing our understanding of the impact that the drug has on the brain.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
Easier access to marijuana doesn’t necessarily lead to more addicts.
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