Goal

Positively identify trace amounts of cannabinoids in a complex food matrix quickly, with minimal sample preparation and no chemical derivatization.

Introduction

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug in the United States, and each year U.S. law enforcement agencies seize more than two million pounds of marijuana in various forms. Seized evidence submitted to forensic laboratories is screened for marijuana by microscopic inspection and simple chemical tests such as the Duquenois-Levine test.

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