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NCJ Number: 228237 Find in a Library
Title: Visual Characterization and Identification of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) Seeds
Journal: Journal of Forensic identification  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:569-592
Author(s): Jenna L. Fussell; John I. Thornton; Frederic W. Whitehurst
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 24
Publisher: http://www.theiai.org 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research sought to create a visual standard and a basis for comparison for the appearance and identification of marijuana (cannabis sativa) seeds and relate the visual appearance to other seeds.
Abstract: Of the approximately 1,000 seed plant species examined, the Lupine species and the California croton seeds had the most similar appearances to the marijuana (cannabis sativa) seeds, with the seeds of Humulus (hop seeds), being the closest relative to C. sativa. The results of this research benefits members of forensic science and botany communities in regards to the physical identification and appearance comparison of marijuana seeds. Within the forensic science literature, as well as the botanical literature, there is little documentation concerning the identification of marijuana seeds. This study was conducted to create a visual standard and basis for the comparison and identification of seeds of C. sativa based on their appearance. References and appendixes A-D
Main Term(s): Marijuana
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences
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