Pot Impact on IQ, Police Test out Hemp Test, and Challenges of Federal Legalization

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Stoner Myth Debunked

New research from a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences changed course on an old study that suggested smoking pot made kids less smart. The study found cannabis does not permanently lower IQ levels in adolescents. The study sampled twins and it turns out, IQ is more likely impacted by genetics.

New Hemp Test

Worried you could get arrested for carrying hemp-derived CBD?  We've seen it time and time again. Trucks getting pulled over by police and drivers getting arrested for transporting pot, while the drivers say it was only hemp. A new test, developed by Swiss scientists, will help police and state patrol determine, on the spot, whether people are transporting legal hemp with CBD or cannabis with THC. NBC Washintgon is reporting some departments are testing out the new drug kit. If the test detects high THC, the solution turns blue. If it's CBD, it looks more pink or purple.

Cannabis in the Senate

Despite growing support in the budding cannabis business, a Senate hearing highlights the challenges in getting legalization to the federal level. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hosted the hearing on banking restrictions in the cannabis industry on Tuesday. Many lawmakers, advocates and cannabis business insiders talked about the difficulties cannabis businesses deal with in legal states. Despite growing support, CNBC says only one Republican committee member showed up for the hearing.

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