U.K. Researchers To Use DNA Technology!

U.K. Researchers To Use DNA Technology!
Posted by FoM on April 15, 1999 at 21:18:39 PT
In Drug Testing, Tracking Marijuana!
Source: NORML
London, United Kingdom: Researchers at Strathclyde University are applying DNA science to develop drug tests that indicate whether someone has been handling marijuana, The Herald newspaper reported earlier this month. 
Scientists claim that the testing may allow police to track the supply routes of marijuana as it travels from source countries to dealers to users.   NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said the easiest way for government officials to track marijuana would be to "tax it like any other legal, regulated product. This new DNA science sounds like just another technological boondoggle in the war against marijuana smokers."   Dr. Adrian Linacre, a DNA specialist, said he has already developed a test using marijuana's DNA that demonstrates whether an individual has had physical contact with the drug. He said he hopes to create a database containing DNA fingerprints of different strains of marijuana so that police can determine whether different people have come in contact with marijuana from the same source.   For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751.
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