Researchers' lab tests safety, potency of medical marijuana

Two UC Davis researchers are on a mission to make sure pot is pure.

Chemistry professor Donald Land and university lab manager Kymron deCesare are running a startup medical marijuana testing facility in West Sacramento called Halent Laboratories.

Both describe themselves as true believers in the therapeutic effects of cannabis.

Land, a tenured faculty member at UC Davis, said his mother died from cancer and his brother died from HIV/AIDS, both in great pain and without access to medical marijuana. He said he's intent on removing the social stigma of pot for patients who can benefit.

"Part of what we're doing here is legitimizing cannabis for medical use by certain people," Land said.

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