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Monsanto Has Created The First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana

Monsanto, the multi-billion agribusiness giant, has announced today it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana.




Monsanto Has Created The First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana

Published on March 20, 2017 in Overall Health by

Monsanto, the multi-billion agribusiness giant, has announced today it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana.

The news has been welcomed by some scientists and leaders of the agriculture business. On one hand it is seen as a potential step forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products and could bring about a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A.

…But on the other hand, other prominent figures in the community fear genetically modified cannabis will mix with other strains and could destroy the diversity of DNA, a reality some deem a very real threat if we look at recent examples of GM maize ‘accidentally’ cross-breading with non-GM maize.

Under present US federal law, it is illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana, since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, although it has been decriminalized to some extent in certain states, Monsanto’s interest in the field has been interpreted by experts as the precursor to “a major shift in marijuana policy in the US”.

It is believed the company would not have invested so much time and energy if it had not had “previous knowledge” of the Federal government’s “openness” towards the future legalization of marijuana.Advocates for the legalization of marijuana see the move of Monsanto to work on GM marijuana strains as a “suspicious but welcomed step towards legalization on a massive scale” in the US.

Lawyer and marijuana law specialist, Edmund Groensch, of the Drug Policy Alliance, admits Monsanto’s involvement in marijuana projects could definitely help the pro-legalization activists.

“Currently, Federal law criminalizes marijuana and hemp derivatives because public opinion is still against it and legal commercial production in the U.S. is currently handled by a patchwork of small farmers whom are not trusted by investors. A major player as Monsanto could bring confidence within government and towards investors in the market if it were to own a large part of the exploitable lands and commercial products”.

There are even some experts such as James Adamson, president of Medical Marijuana Technologies, who believes that the only way marijuana is to become fully legal in the US is through the branding of a controlled GM strain.

There is presently no way to control the production of marijuana and the quality of the strains. A GM strain produced by a company with the credentials and prestige of Monsanto would definitely lend a massive hand to pro-legalization activists within certain spheres of government and within the business world” he explains. Although Monsanto’s testing on cannabis is only at an experimental stage, no plan has yet been released by the agriculture business firm as to what purposes the patented strain would be used for…

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Is it roundup resistant? or it could be the first cancer causing strain they release in America. The federal govt could come along and say to the pot shops, your state law says you can sell it but federal law says you can't, but we have this strain here you can sell, if you want to stay open for business!

This will destroy the diversity alright of such an amazing plant.  We know this plant does so much more than pain relief.  Paper in historical documents from timber based paper is breaking down if over 100 yrs old now where paper made by hemp has far better endurance. Cancer properties. Sickening just thinking about Monsanto doing this.  How predictable though. 

THE WAR ON DRUGS    “You want to know what this was really all about,” Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, said in the interview after Baum asked him about Nixon’s harsh anti-drug policies.  He was Nixons top advisor. 

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying,” Ehrlichman continued.

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

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http://www.drugpolicy.org.au/100_gmo_biotech_cannabis

A recent Survey by Roy Morgan Research shows 91% of Australians are supportive of medical Cannabis.

Medicinal Marijuana

However, what most people do not know is that the Cannabis Australia is allowing to be imported for the first time includes GMO Cannabis. GMO or Genetically Modified Organism Cannabis has been around since 2011 due to breakthroughs in research and Biotechnology by Ethan Russo and GW UK helping in the process. In 2014 even newer GMO Cannabis strains has been introduced.

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