..... @nathan11.11 - #Monsanto , the multi-billion #agribusiness giant, has announced today it has patented the first #geneticallymodified 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 #ControlledSubstancesAct 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 #marijuanapolicy 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”.