New Laser Distinguishes Between Hemp & Marijuana

New Laser Distinguishes Between Hemp & Marijuana

Since industrial hemp was made legal in the United States, police forces have been scrambling around trying to figure out the difference between it and its outlaw cousin marijuana. It’s part of the reason that hemp was lumped into prohibition in the first place. Back then, lawmakers were concerned that people would use the guise of a legitimate crop to get away with growing pot. Because, well, the two plants are basically the same. They are both similar in appearance and have the same skunky odor. The difference is hemp is defined as having less than .3% THC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t give much consideration to the confusion factor a couple of years ago when he worked his political magic to bring industrial hemp back from the dead. It’s caused a veritable crap storm, too, in states where hemp is legal. Police have been unwittingly busting hemp operations left and right thinking that they are bringing down gangs of mega-pot-smugglers, only to find out later that they screwed the pooch. It’s caused prosecutors all over the country to start dismissing cases for petty pot possession. Because without extensive, time-consuming tests to determine the difference between hemp and marijuana, it is difficult to prove whether an offender is actually breaking the law. A team of scientific minds from Texas, a state that has experienced its fair share of fumble-nut jumbles as a result of legal hemp, believe they have come up with a solution to the problem. Researchers at Texas…

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