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There’s still so much we need to learn about weed — and fast

2/11/19--Last month, UC Berkeley opened the Cannabis Research Center to start tackling some of the social and environmental unknowns about marijuana. The goal is to create a body of data to inform future policies, making marijuana safer for all. It's evident that more research is needed, and with the legalized marijuana industry growing nationwide, further research is needed soon. Read

Still buying illegal weed in California? It may not be as clean as you think

2/2/18--In California, plenty of growers run legit, organic operations—but cannabis can be a dirty, dirty game. According to California Academy of Sciences curator Jack Dumbacher, it's a mess out there, and it costs taxpayers millions of dollars to clean up the sites. As cannabis use goes recreational in California, producers are facing a reckoning: They’ll either have to clean up their act, or get out of the legal market. Read

Want your marijuana startup to succeed? Study patent law

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-12-10-33-pm11/5/16--Wherever there is technological innovation, inventors use patent law to protect what they create. Although few people realize that marijuana-related inventions can be patented, several companies have already been granted marijuana-related patents. Yet, many players in the legal marijuana industry are skeptical of the patent system. Some view patents as an ugly instrument of big business linked to over-priced drugs and other abuses, but the holder of a patent can exclude competitors from making, using, or selling the patented invention for a limited time. Read