Why We Must Ban GM Cannabis

For those who pay attention to the history of medicine, it is clear that cannabis has been one of the major raw materials – if not THE major raw material – and one of the major medicines – if not THE major medicine – of humanity.

And for those who pay attention to the history of cannabis economics, it is clear that throughout human history there has always been a small minority of people who attempt to justify exclusive distribution rights of this raw material and medicine.

The latest version of this attempt is genetically modified cannabis. “Genetic modification” – also called “GM,” “genetically modified organisms,” “GMO” and “transgenic” – is a process by which genes from one living thing are spliced together with another, in a manner that nature would not allow to occur on its own – as opposed to “breeding,” which is speeding up a natural selection process with human selection but still limited to what could possibly happen over time in nature.

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Now that’s forward thinking.

  2. Anonymous on

    You ask for a non-compromised source but most of your links are from Greenpeace and other rabidly anti-GMO organizations.

  3. Anonymous on

    Actually, many GM plants are designed to need less pesticide and fertilizer, reducing the need for chemicals to be sprayed on the entire field.

  4. Eduardo on

    what a crap… pot activists calling out for a new drug war. marijuana and GMOs should be legal. don’t f*ck up the movement with pseudoscience, please.

  5. Anonymous on

    This message was intended for the guy whose comment was supporting trangenic marijuana. He needs to eat a bunch of genetically-engineered food.

  6. Anonymous on

    Please, make your diet full of genetically-engineered foods.

  7. Anonymous on

    Hemp requires 0 pesticide, 0 herbicide, very little nutrients and grows from the arctic circle to the antarctic cirlce, it grows in nearly any soil condition, improves aeration in the soil as well as improves the fertility of the soil for the next years crop. There is absolutely nothing that genetic modification could do to hemp to improve it.

  8. Anonymous on

    I think they should take the genes that produce thc and put them in fruit. Those would be the best smoothies ever

  9. DML on

    “This is just a bunch of conspiratorial, anti-science drivel. Setting aside the scientifically inaccurate scaremonger about transgenic technology itself…”

    I provided links regarding the scientific accuracy over the concerns about GM plants. Can you prove that all – or even any – of the following links are “inaccurate”?

    http://www.grain.org/article/entries/704-fighting-gmo-contamination-around-the-world

    http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/ge/Resources/Reports/Herbicide-tolerance-and-GM-crops/

    http://www.countercurrents.org/sharma210309.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4OwBYDQe8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pin8fbdGV9Y

    Here are some more links. Please prove that at least one of these are inaccurate:

    http://www.botanischergarten.ch/GM-General/Gurian-Sherman-failure-to-yield-2009.pdf
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/exposed-the-great-gm-crops-myth-812179.html
    http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/10803-monsanto-misinformation-do-gm-crops-increase-yield
    http://www.non-gm-farmers.com/
    http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Multimedia/Videos/GE-crops-a-Problem-for-Farmers/
    http://www.enveurope.com/content/23/1/10
    http://www.responsibletechnology.org/article-gmo-soy-linked-to-sterility
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food_controversies
    http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/ge/Learn-about/
    http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Multimedia/Videos/Genetic-engineering-The-worlds-greatest-scam/
    (8) http://www.non-gm-farmers.com/news_details.asp?ID=1489
    http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2003/12/61241?currentPage=all

    “…you offer no good evidence that GE cannabis is in the work…”

    Here’s some good evidence:

    National Grange wants only GMO hemp — with strong-arm enforcement
    By Adam Eidinger VoteHemp.com – March 18th, 2010
    SOURCE: http://www.westcoastleaf.com/?p=854

    One of the nation’s leading farming organizations passed a bizarre new policy statement in support of industrial hemp farming, but only if it is genetically modified (GMO) and retains cannabis prohibition with very heavy law enforcement.

    http://gmocannabiswatch.blogspot.com/2010/11/national-grange-wants-only-gmo-hemp.html

    “MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/14/2009) —In a first step toward engineering a drug-free Cannabis plant for hemp fiber and oil, University of Minnesota researchers have identified genes producing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Studying the genes could also lead to new and better drugs for pain, nausea and other conditions. … With the genes identified, finding a way to silence them—and thus produce a drug-free plant — comes a step closer to reality. Another desirable step is to make drug-free plants visually recognizable. Since the hairs can be seen with a magnifying glass, this could be accomplished by engineering a hairless Cannabis plant.”

    http://gmocannabiswatch.blogspot.com/2010/11/weeding-out-marijuana-researchers-close.html

    “… nor that it would be of an danger medically or to ones ability to access no GE cannabis.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_pollution#Genetic_engineering

    “Scotts currently is taking monitoring and mitigation actions in Oregon to locate and remove the regulated genetically engineered material that was accidentally released during the 2003 field trial.”

    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2007/11/0350.xml

    “The author uses this to jump to the conclusion that this must be about genetically engineering seeds…”

    I never said that. I just pointed out that there’s nothing in the RCP initiative that would prohibit GM cannabis … and I transcribed the part that should have contained the ban but didn’t.

    “In addition the author simply accepts the assumption “Cannabis seeds from Monsanto are almost definitely genetically engineered.” with absolutely no evidence.”

    I doubt Monsanto would open their files for me. But it would have been irresponsible for me not to mention what information was in that article – it was an “assumption” that came from the highest levels:

    “A source within the Ministry of Health, who wishes to remain anonymous, has provided documents and information to Cannabis Culture, describing how Canadian pot is to be grown for upcoming medical trials.”

    http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/1322.html

    This article has never been disputed by anyone from Health Canada or Monsanto.

    “If a cannabis user has a problem with GE cannabis (were such a thing ever to actually be produced) then they can choose not to buy it…”

    Unlike Europe, Canada does not require labeling for GM crops. How would they know not to buy it if it wasn’t labeled? And what if their concern was that it would pollute non-GM cannabis with it’s genes from wind-born pollen? Cannabis is wind pollinated. Wind-born pollen travels far.

    “…certain GE trait my be useful for lessening the environmental impact of such growing through reduced pesticide sprays and better herbicide profiles.”

    Give me an example of evidence from a non-compromised source that GM leads to a reduction of pesticide sprays.

  10. Paul Pot on

    Round up ready means the plant will have more poison poured on it not less.
    Why would you want to smoke round up.
    Round up is one of the ingredients used to make agent orange and children are still being born with horrible deformities in Vietnam. Check it out here.
    english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/09/2011928111920665336.html

  11. Paul Pot on

    GM is designed to increase the use of toxic sprays in order to increase company profits.

  12. Paul Pot on

    I have written a book on sustainable gardening and farming and I did a fair bit of research on GM and was just horrified at what I learnt. The more I read, the worse it got. There is absolutely nothing good about GM. The guys who run GM corporations are completely insane. If they manage to win they will be poisoning their own children. Everything to do with GM must be totally banned. There are already all the varieties of plants and animals we need and all we need to do to make the most of them is practice organic, sustainable and natural farming and land care.
    http://organicandsustainablegardening.yolasite.com/
    I hope that RMLW will be the beginning of the end for GM as well as prohibition.

  13. Anonymous on

    This is inevitable. Who will be the first to cross Cannabis with, say, a Giant Redwood? What would happen if scientists make a plant that has an advantage over all others, and is immune to all pests and diseases? Then what if it got loose? It would overgrow not only the government, but the WORLD!!! Happy Halloween, yall!

  14. Dirty Harry on

    The only modification I would like to see is to give cannabis the Round Up resistant trait…But I do not want that given by Monsanto. I want it taken by some smart person and put into cannabis. Since cannabis is a federally illegal plant, lets make it harder to kill.
    Screw Monsanto! Their traits have cross contaminated many farm crops and Monsanto took them away from small farmers due to Monsanto’s recklessness on releasing it into the wild.
    Give me a weed that can’t be killed by the most popular weed killer. That will stick it to Monsanto and be a boom for gorilla growers.
    Monsanto’s modifications pretty much such across the board with the exception of being resistant to weed killer.
    Monsanto released that trait, so lets reverse engineer it and release it back at them. Once out and spreading in cannabis crops, that are usually hidden, it will spread the joy. FUCK YOU BACK MONSANTO!

  15. Anonymous on

    This is just a bunch of conspiratorial, anti-science drivel. Setting aside the scientifically inaccurate scaremonger about transgenic technology itself, you offer no good evidence that GE cannabis is in the work nor that it would be of an danger medically or to ones ability to access no GE cannabis.
    Advocates of medical marijuana and/or full legalization should welcome the provisions in the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 that allows for scientific research. The author uses this to jump to the conclusion that this must be about genetically engineering seeds, rather than the multitude of other current and potential cannabis related research projects. In addition the author simply accepts the assumption “Cannabis seeds from Monsanto are almost definitely genetically engineered.” with absolutely no evidence. I welcome the author to provide evidence but until then it pure speculation and hold no more truth value than my speculation about wooly mammoths on the moon. Monsanto in fact produces far more than just genetically engineered seed, many of the seed products are no GM at all but are traditionally breed plants and common hybrids. Even with it being illegal cannabis users are able to make market choices of whom to buy their stash from, medical marijuana clinic make this even easier by presenting multiple choices at once. If a cannabis user has a problem with GE cannabis (were such a thing ever to actually be produced) then they can choose not to buy it and purchase a competing growers product. Genetic engineering is unlikely in the near future for smoke-able cannabis, however if industrial scale production of hemp fiber were to come back in the US certain GE trait my be useful for lessening the environmental impact of such growing through reduced pesticide sprays and better herbicide profiles.