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Puff, Puff, Jail? Scientists Working On Marijuana Breath Test

When it comes to legal marijuana in Washington state, cops are forced to guess whether or not drivers are stoned behind the wheel — but they might get some help from a team working on a handheld THC detector. People have been able to buy recreational marijuana legally in the state since July. That might be good for Washington’s tax coffers, but cops have been relying on blood tests when they suspect drivers have been smoking, something that can’t be done on the side of the road. Now Herbert Hill, a chemistry professor at Washington State University, is working on a device that can detect THC — the chemical responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects — in someone’s breath, according to the Seattle Times.

 

 

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Congress Halted the War on Medical Marijuana Last Night

Congress made history yesterday. With a 56-40 bipartisan vote, the Senate approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending package that will keep keep the government running through the next fiscal year. But beyond avoiding another government shutdown, the bill includes an amendment that will effectively block the Department of Justice from arresting or prosecuting anyone who sells or uses medical marijuana in the 32 states that currently have some type of medical pot law on the books.

 

 

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NEWSFLASH! Marijuana growers sprout on Wall Street as pot goes public

Derek Peterson may soon become the first CEO of a public company that cultivates, distributes and sells marijuana. Terra Tech Corp., based in Irvine, California, won approval last week from the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $6.8 million to build and operate medical marijuana operations in Nevada, where the company secured preliminary approvals. The company will seek to raise about $7 million more later in the year, Peterson said.

 

 

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