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If a patient can’t get high from marijuana being used for medicinal purposes, does that marijuana still fall under the draconian federal drug laws? How might this new pot that won’t get you high change the debate in the USA?

Israeli researchers have developed a medicinal marijuana that can ease the symptoms of some ailments without producing the euphoric high of pot. For many this may seem like tasteless cake or non-alochoiic [sic] vodka, but the discovery could lead to some interesting legal and political issues.

The culprit (or appeal) in marijuana is Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Researchers believe that the benefits widely reported from medicial marijuana comes from Cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance that gives anti-inflammatory benefits.

Israeli grower, Tikun Olam, has developed Avidekel, containing 15.8 per cent CBD and less than 1 percent traces of THC.

Police might not be able to distinguish between pot-that-gets-you-high and “no-high” pot, so enforcement challenges remain. Of course, legalization of all pot would change that somewhat.

This could present an interesting problem if the marijuana is still smoked but without the high. Police would have a difficult time distinguishing the products if smoked — assuming non-high marijuana is declared legal. The basis for banning non-high marijuana would be dubious at best. However, if smoked, the government could require some additives to distinguish the smell.

One shudders to think what additives a still-rabid DEA might require in “no-high” pot to make it smell different in the bag.