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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:03 AM
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The Manhattan Project of Marijuana
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:05 AM by marmar
from the East Bay Express:



The Manhattan Project of Marijuana
If pot is truly medicine, shouldn't it be standardized? Analytical Labs wants to test the potency and safety of Cali cannabis.

By David Downs
March 4, 2009


At downtown Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the hairy green buds have numbers. The new nomenclature beckons viewers from within seven gleaming glass display cases. Antiseptic white placards boast authoritative black digits. Each stands erect next to a Petri dish of high-octane "White Rhino" or "Afgooey Super Melt." They read: 7 percent, 11 percent, 18 percent, or 21 percent. Even 80 percent.

"80 percent THC?" asks a potential customer. He's referring to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

"That's a concentrate," reminds Stephen DeAngelo, proud owner of the three-year-old collective. DeAngelo's facility boasts 20,000 members and grossed more than $10 million last year. Even amid the recession, lines are a constant phenomenon and DeAngelo is looking to double his space. Hundreds of new customers sign up monthly, attracted partly by the immaculate facility: its savvy, well-paid "budtenders" and $40, eighth-ounce pot dosages. But part of the appeal is the new placards the result of a disruptive new service by Harborside's partners at the Analytical Laboratory Project.

"For the first time in the 3,000-year history of human cannabis consumption, consumers will be provided a scientific assessment of the safety and potency of products prior to ingesting them," DeAngelo announced in December. ........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/the_manhattan_projec...




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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:34 AM
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1. "Totally righteous. Smirk." - xCommander AWOL Bush (R)
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:38 AM by SpiralHawk
"Rememember, we Republicon Homelanders just slam this kinda shit in public to fool our obedient and fact-hating Freeper base. In private, as you should know by now, we are total hypocrites and take a WIDE STANCE on our own, um, behavior. Smirk."

- xCommander AWOL Bush (R)


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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:47 AM
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2. "The Manhattan Project of Marijuana." More like "The Manhattan (Kansas) Project of Marijuana"
It wouldn't be that big a deal.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:44 AM
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3. I want a job at that lab!
The place I used to be at, there was a story about a guy who tested whiskey for source and composition. They used to send him a case of each one so that he would have "enough to test". Then they visited his lab, and found out he only used about a ml to do his tests. The size of the test shipments declined accordingly, to a small vial of each.....


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