Monsanto Creates First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana

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

The news that has been welcomed by scientists and leaders of the agriculture business alike as a move forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products could bring a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A. and ultimately, to the world.

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” as 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.

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Advocates for the legalization of marijuana see the bold move of Monsanto to work on GM marijuana strains as a “great 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”

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Other experts, such as James Adamson, president of Medical Marijuana Technologies, believe the only way marijuana is to become legal in the US is through the branding of a 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, although specialists believe answers should come this fall as rumors of a controversial new bill which could “loosen up laws around medical marijuana” is reportedly scheduled to pass before congress coming this fall.

Critics fear genetically modified cannabis will mix with other strains and could destroy the diversity of DNA, a reality dismissed by most studies claim experts. 

3 Comments on "Monsanto Creates First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana"

  1. We all need to be very concerned. Once they plant their seed next to my seed or your seed, it won’t matter, their money will bring their lawyer to our door & they will sue us & win. Once they own Intellectual Property of a seed it is all over, they will win in court. They won every court case against every small soy & corn farmer, putting them into bankruptcy. Right now GMO seed is owned by that huge corporation, they want their hand into whatever makes them more money, but soon there will be a new GMO seed owned by the company that bought them, they will own the Intellectual Property rights and they will be able to sue anyone & everyone, just like they sued almost every single corn & soy farmer who did not sell out. The wind blew the pollen from the GMO farm over into the non-gmo farm & because of Intellectual Property the big GMO won. I don’t farm, but I care & I beg anyone who does farm to make sure they understand what will happen if GMO seeds ever do make it to market & some guy/gal is marketing them at the door. GMO seeds are not harmless, the long term affects on our food is being revealed & the consaquences of eating GMO food has shown its ugly head…Leaky Gut, Immune Disease, Low IQ, the health consequences are numerous & terrible. I hate to think that my loved ones who smoke weed would ever breathe in, eat, or take any GMO marijuana product, the possible consequences are scary. Marijuana is a good thing all by itself, it doesn’t need artificial changes made to it, it works fine. They are not letting nature take it’s course, the way they manipulate the seed is like a kid playing with dangerous chemicals, the modification process has no guarantees & long term affects are quite possibly devastating. We now know that the consequences of eating GMO food are very bad, so imagine what inhaling it will do to us, our family & friend’s. I want to urge anyone & everyone to understand that buying & planting GMO seeds has far reaching implications. Lets keep the big GMO out of the marijuana industry, it has already done enough damage.

  2. We’ve been breeding cannabis for years, half the people in these comments sections are wannabee hippies that never cultivated cannabis. GMO cannabis means bigger yields, heat and disease resistant crops, plants that produce copious amounts of cbd or thc. Whilst nobody has died or has gotten cancer from GMOs, except for biased tests on rats that already have cancer cells or on a species where tumors are a genetic commodity. People get lung infections from smoking all the time and you’re not worried about that.

  3. what is the date of this article?
    thank you

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