Test developed by University of Minnesota research could help hemp farmers keep crops legal

On top of all the other risks Minnesota farmers face from planting to harvest, those growing industrial hemp deal with an unusual one: If the crops produce too much THC, the psychoactive substance present in all cannabis plants, then it’s not hemp under state and federal laws, but marijuana.


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It can be very difficult for growers to know exactly how much THC their hemp seeds are going to produce, so farmers can plant seeds thinking they are growing a legal and environmentally friendly crop, only to find out they’ve actually invested time and money in growing a drug.

All of it, then, must be destroyed.

To combat that uncertainty and risk, researchers at the University of Minnesota recently developed a genetic test that will take out some of the guesswork.

The research, published last month in the American Journal of Botany, compared the genes of different varieties of

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University of Utah, BYU law schools’ Achievement Fellowships aspire to change ‘ecosystem’ of state’s legal community

SALT LAKE CITY — Over the past decade, Utah’s population has become increasingly diverse, a trend the state’s top demographer Pam Perlich has described as “irreversible.”

By 2065, the Beehive State is projected to look more like the rest of the nation, with slightly more than 1 in 3 Utahns racial and ethnic minorities.

In 2020, it’s closer to 1 in 5 and the makeup of Utah’s legal community lags far behind.

D. Gordon Smith, dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, said a recent self-reported survey of Utah Bar members indicates minority lawyers comprise less than 10% of all attorneys.

“That’s just not OK when you have a much larger percentage of our population who are in those categories,” he said.

Smith and Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, have had frequent discussions about how to increase diversity

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Explainer: Citizen Trump will face legal woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Since taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump has been besieged by civil lawsuits and criminal investigations of his inner circle.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump is reflected as he departs after speaking about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

With Democrat Joe Biden capturing the presidency on Saturday, according to all major U.S. television networks, Trump’s legal woes are likely to deepen because in January he will lose the protections the U.S. legal system affords to a sitting president, former prosecutors said.

Here are some of the lawsuits and criminal probes that may haunt Trump as he leaves office.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who enforces New York state laws, has been conducting a criminal investigation into

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The term ‘legal vote’ is ‘fictionally fraught and functionally racist’

A Boston University professor tweeted Saturday that the term “legal vote” is “functionally racist.”

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“The term ‘legal vote’ is as fictionally fraught and functionally racist as the terms ‘illegal alien’ and ‘race neutral’ and ‘welfare queen’ and ‘handouts’ and ‘super predator’ and ‘crackbaby’ and ‘personal responsibility’ and ‘post racial,’” Ibram X. Kendi tweeted.

President Trump has called for only “legal votes” to be counted in Tuesday’s still-contested presidential election, in which former Vice President Joe Biden currently sits on the cusp of hitting the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the White House.

“I easily WIN the Presidency of the

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Kolas University Continues to Educate on Legal Cannabis

Sacramento Based Training Program Prepares Career Professionals

SACRAMENTO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 6, 2020 / Kolas University announced today that since its inception in May of 2019 it has trained more than 270 people on the fundamentals of legal cannabis. The rigorous program is intended to educate an understanding of cannabis for those planning to work in the sector – ultimately seeking to remove its negative stigma and teaching about the positive impact cannabis can have in local communities.

“We really believe in the power of this program to responsibly educate on cannabis in a time where there is still so much negative information and press,” says Dana Caylor, Training and Education Director for Kolas University. “By using interactive and participatory techniques through knowledge-centric workshops, we’re providing tools that setup people and communities for success.”

Caylor estimates that more than 50% of its graduates are from minority groups including

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Stamford Board of Education election could end in legal challenges

STAMFORD — As Stamford residents cast their votes Tuesday, there was still some question whether one particular race belonged on the ballot.

Following the election, there is question whether votes cast for the seat will count.

The final column on the form was listed as “Board of Education to fill vacancy for one year,” and offered voters the chance to choose one person. But there wasn’t a single candidate listed for any party.

Last month, city

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Rima Sirota, professor of law and legal practice at the Georgetown University Law Center

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “I’m celebrating at home with my husband and our daughter, who will drive here from Princeton (without stopping and after testing and a week of quarantine!). Our other daughter, who lives in Wisconsin, will join us by Zoom. Not the celebration I would have imagined, but I am plenty grateful for it, nonetheless.”

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How did you get your start in your career? “I was having a lousy day at my Department of Justice job, and so, on a whim, I sent my résumé to every law school in the area, asking if they needed an adjunct to teach legal ethics. Georgetown Law was the only school that responded. I discovered that I loved teaching, joined Georgetown’s full-time faculty, and haven’t looked back.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading during coronavirus social distancing?

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University of Michigan fraternity in legal dispute after admitting women, non-binary members

ANN ARBOR, MI — The national chapter of the Michigan Sigma Phi fraternity is suing the University of Michigan chapter, claiming that admitting a woman and having a member who identifies as non-binary has caused harm to its trademark, a lawsuit says.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Sigma Phi Society on Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges that the conduct of members at UM’s chapter of Sigma Phi has caused “irreparable harm to the valuable Trademarks, including infringement and dilution thereof, and to National Sigma Phi’s image, identity, and goodwill.”

The national chapter also filed a preliminary injunction to stop the local chapter from using the name.

“I am troubled that an internal dispute (where a) chapter (is) deciding to have more inclusion by broadening their membership has been met by a federal court trademark lawsuit,” said David Nacht, the Ann Arbor-based attorney representing the UM

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Mom, Career Woman, and Legal Scholar


Posted: Oct 26, 2020 5:00 PM

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A woman of faith, working mother, wife, respected scholar, and person of integrity and character are good descriptions for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  If confirmed this week by the United States Senate, she would become the first United States Supreme Court Justice to have school-aged children while serving on our nation’s highest court.

Her story resonates with me.  I, too, have had a full time, fast paced, high profile career all while raising a young family.  When I watched Judge Barrett walk with her large family in tow, including her husband and seven children, two of whom she adopted from Haiti and her youngest, precious son with Downs Syndrome, I was immediately drawn.

For that moment, I wasn’t thinking about Judge Barrett’s decades of experience as

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Fox News Legal Analyst Links His Downed Wi-Fi To Biden, Gets Mercilessly Mocked

Twitter users went to town on Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett on Friday after he appeared to suggest there was some nefarious link between his imminent filing of a column criticizing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the disconnection of his internet.

Jarrett — whose tweets and articles President Donald Trump has shared on dozens of occasions — said he found it “odd, if not curious, that the moment I hit ‘send’ on my column […] my Wi-Fi service disconnected.”

“Never happened before. Probably just a coincidence,” he added:

“I’m sure it’s

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