The Genetics of Pot

The Genetics of Pot

Feb 06, 2015 As marijuana has become legalized for medical or recreational purposes in some US states, academic researchers and the burgeoning industry are turning to genomics and genetics to characterize and develop better and more consistent strains,Fusion’s Daniela Hernandez reports. Work so far, she says, has focused on unraveling past effects of breeding on […]

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How genetics is reshaping the marijuana industry

How genetics is reshaping the marijuana industry

Every morning, Josh Chase makes his way from Goetz House, a yellow-and-white cottage in the middle of nowhere Washington, past a makeshift 8-foot “security fence” built from square-cut pieces of lumber and black plastic tarp, down to the greenhouses. A sign hangs on the fence: “PERSONS UNDER 21 NOT ALLOWED ON THESE PREMISES.” He’s on […]

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5 profiles of interesting people in the pot world

5 profiles of interesting people in the pot world

1 Marcus Charles   Marcus Charles shows off JuJu Joints, which are disposable cigarette-sized vaporizers. He and his partner came up with the joints’ design. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Seattle nightlife entrepreneur Marcus Charles, owner of the Crocodile Cafe and co-founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party, turned the Port of Willapa Harbor […]

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State pot regulators’ caution slows arrival of edibles

State pot regulators’ caution slows arrival of edibles

Pot-infused edibles are trickling onto shelves at marijuana stores, and more products are coming, despite a shortage of legal pot and new last-minute state regulations. Entrepreneurs have bemoaned the slow pace, but regulators are being cautious about public health.  Pot-infused edibles began trickling to store shelves last month, and the sweets, snacks and drinks offer […]

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World’s strongest weed? Potency testing challenged

World’s strongest weed? Potency testing challenged

The state is tracking and testing Washington’s recreational marijuana, but growers, laboratories and the state agency in charge of the program have reservations about some of the data. When Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop opened in Seattle, owner Ian Eisenberg said he couldn’t compete with medical dispensaries’ lower prices, but he did have one advantage. “Ours […]

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Why Marijuana Needs Chemical Quality Control Testing

Why Marijuana Needs Chemical Quality Control Testing

Medical marijuana isn’t always as advertised—at least not in the Seattle area, as one lab found out. The lab, Analytical 360, recently worked with medical-marijuana patient Jessica Tonani to test samples from 22 area dispensaries and growers, The Seattle Times reports. The samples were all supposed to be of a strain of marijuana called Harlequin […]

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Patients do not always know what they are getting

Patients do not always know what they are getting

Testing shows that some marijuana strains are not what they purport to be in name, chemical content and genetics. This is particularly concerning for patients seeking pot low in intoxicants and high in pain-relief or other therapeutic qualities. Jessica Tonani, CEO of Verda Bio, a small Seattle biotech company, is researching the consistency and variety […]

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