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Hempfest, our city’s annual paean to pot, returns this August for its 27th year. But lately most of the buzz around cannabis has centered on CBD (cannabidiol), THC’s non-psychotropic sibling. In the last couple years, it’s become increasingly available at healthfood stores, in head shops, and, for a time, in cafes. Proponents claim it has minimal side effects and could relieve everything from anxiety to schizophrenia. Local government is less convinced.


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