Some may tout marijuana as a safe, recreational drug with valuable medicinal properties, but toke up your joint and it likely contains mold, pesticides, even dead insects, according to researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
In their genetic studies of marijuana, the researchers found a variety of nasty byproducts in the plant: fungi, mildew and even such bacterial contaminants as e-coli and salmonella.
Much of it could be seen with the naked eye on the surface of plants, said Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the university, who has built a DNA database of different types of marijuana that has helped federal law enforcement learn where illegal pot growers and dealers get their product.
Now she has turned her attention to public health and is urging states where marijuana is legal to pass strict certification laws.
Marijuana is a controlled substance that is illegal under federal law. But in states where it is used legally for medicinal purposes, there is limited testing, and the testing that is done is for medical potency, not purity.
“Every other medicine out there is controlled and monitored for quality and not administered in a smokable format,” Coyle told ABCNews.com.
“There’s a lot of concern about the way these forms of medical marijuana are grown,” she said. “A lot of the time, they are grown in a noncertified fashion, especially in California.
“They are grown in open fields or illegally on federal park lands,” she said. “Pesticides are dumped on them to prevent damage and increase yield. Some are grown between crops of different species, and chickens are running around and fertilizers are being used.
“They are grown in the wild by people and are not certified by anyone,” said Coyle. “What would the effect be on a person who is immune compromised or seriously ill?”
According to TMZ reports:
Beyonce’s father is a DEADBEAT DAD … at least according to the mother of his 3-year-old son who claims Mathew Knowles has stiffed her out of $24k in child support, TMZ has learned.
According to California State records obtained by TMZ, Mathew missed TWO of the $12k monthly payments he’s been ordered to pay to Alexsandra Wright.
Sources close to Wright says she’s in a financial bind and needs the cash asap — we’re told she’s even had to pull her son from school because she can’t afford to pay for it.
As we’ve reported … the legal battles between Knowles and Wright have been ugly. She claims Knowles sent a threatening email to her in 2011 … warning “there’s a price to pay” for hurting his family.
We reached out to Mathew for comment — so far, no word back.
Terrance Howard is MARRIED again, for the third time. The 44-year-old actor itied the knot with his latest love, a Canadian by the name of Miranda, whom he's only been dating for one month.
Here is how Radar Online is reporting it:
Though a representative for Howard couldn’t be reached for comment, a second source close to the actor confirmed the sudden marriage and laughed that it was “not out of character.”
“It’s another one of his outlandish moves… he only knew and/or dated her for about a month!” they said.
Terrence Howard has been accused of BEATING both of his ex-wives, shortly before divorcing them. Hopefully this one don't end up the same as the others . . .
Love and Hip Hop NYC bad girl, Erica Mena has allegedly had a sexual encounter with "Rude Girl" Rihanna.
A source close to Mena revealed that the reality star admitted to the alleged "Intimate encounter" in Rihanna's SUV.
Fit for a queen! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are planning their very own royal wedding of sorts. The famously over-the-top couple have set their sights on France's famed Palace of Versailles for their much-anticipated nuptials, the new issue of Us Weeklyreveals.