GMO Marijuana

I know it was coming.  This is crazy times we are living in.  Everything is turning from real to fake and people are starting to see the consequences from artificial and are now moving back towards real.  But now we have a new and different problem on our hands; Genetically modified food.  There’s people out there creating their own special seeds and even are allowed to patent it.  How can someone OWN food?  Its almost as crazy as someone owning the right to water!! 

Marijuana usage is at a high level these days and talked about amongst people that wouldnt have dared speak of it years ago.  Due to legalization and the culture being popular since it is acceptable, the usage has soared. 

THAT SCARES ME….

Found this article on yahoo news that confirms something I was feeling inside for a while now:

 

y Luis Robayo Luis Robayo – Fri Jun 24, 2:00 am ET

CALI, Colombia (AFP) – Greenhouses lined with genetically modified marijuana sit on a mountainside just an hour ride from Cali, Colombia, where farmers say the enhanced plants are more powerful and profitable.

One greenhouse owner said she can sell the modified marijuana for 100,000 pesos ($54) per kilo (2.2 pounds), which is nearly 10 times more than the price she can get for ordinary marijuana.

Local authorities said the arrival of genetically modified seeds, which are imported from Europe and the United States have allowed “a bigger production and better quality at the same time”.

A police commander in the Cauca region where Cali is located, Carlos Rodriguez, said one of the modified varieties goes by the name, “Creepy”.

Another seed modified in The Netherlands is fetching a good price in the area, said a foreign researcher, who asked to remain anonymous. That version, well-known in Europe as “La Cominera”, is named for the Colombian village where it grows.

“La Cominera’s” higher value is due to its increased concentration of THC, the plant’s principal active ingredient, and the modified plant verges on an 18 percent concentration level, compared to a normal marijuana plant’s two to seven percent, said the researcher.

Despite the fact that marijuana production is illegal in Colombia, farmers say they continue to sell both traditional and modified marijuana because of economic advantages. One resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he can sell 11 kilograms of marijuana for 160,000 Colombian pesos ($87).

In the greenhouses outside of Cali, in a secret location accessible only by foot, it is easy to recognize the famous plant with star-shaped leaves, where it grows amid other legal crops.

“I don’t like growing marijuana, but it ended up that way,” one farmer said. “I received a loan to grow coffee, but I was drowning and I had to sell my harvest very cheap. My sister told me it would be better to plant marijuana.”

Marijuana was first introduced to the country in the 1930s and residents of Cali said that for economic reasons, they have never stopped cultivating the plant since.

They added they cannot sustain themselves on coffee and banana crops alone, because prices fluctuate widely and it is difficult to reach markets in time to sell the perishable items before they spoil, due to a poor road network.

The hemp plant was originally legally used in the production of textiles and soccer balls until 1962, when authorities banned the use of marijauana in those products in order to comply with international standards.

According to botanist Luis Miguel Alvarez, a teacher at the University of Caldas in Manizales and the author of several marijuana studies, after marijuana is grown and dried, it can endure long periods without spoiling, which is a strong economic advantage.

Police commander Rodriguez said the crop’s growth poses a problem for local law enforcement, because profits are often used to finance other criminal activity.

“We believe that the sixth front of the FARC guerrilla forces are 90 percent financed by marijuana,” he said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is Latin America’s largest and longest-fighting insurgency with 47 years of armed struggle and 8,000 fighters.

Marijuana production and sales are growing in Colombia, which was also the world’s biggest producer of cocaine in 2009, according to available statistics, he said.

“This year we have already seized 27 tons (of marijuana by June), compared to 23 tons last year. It is troubling that the resources of armed groups are growing and because of this they can acquire arms and explosives,” Rodriguez said.

Nationwide, authorities say they have seized 41.8 tons of marijuana to date in 2011, compared to a total of 228 tons in 2010.

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5 thoughts on “GMO Marijuana

  1. Chi June 25, 2011 at 7:36 am Reply

    Well we know that genetically modified food can lead to cancer and other health problems……I’m wondering if the same can be said for marijuana. Is this a bad thing or can it lead to anything positive like in the case of stem-cell research? Good article and great post. I would def want to hear more on this subject.

  2. Joshua Dupret August 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm Reply

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  3. Plant_Manager August 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Simple confusion by those writing on things they know nothing about. The strains are not genetically MODIFIED, they are isolated for trait preferences and weak traits are grown out, it’s basic farming, nothing “modified”. Yes, as strains from the far reaches of the worlds jungles make it into grow rooms, the crosses become more resilient and robust, building vigor as any gene pool would when new genetics are intorduced. Introduction of genetic crosses and trait isolation make for stronger and better yielding plants with each generation. What you are seeing is nothing mother nature doesnt do every day

    • organicblood August 25, 2011 at 12:01 am Reply

      Hmmm except for its NOT Mother Nature doing it. The concern we are expressing here may not necessarily be what you are speaking of though. The concern exists for the tampering of the seeds DNA and the injection of a built in pesticide of some sort or some other unnatural chemical like they are doing in food. For instances, people are altering the seeds of food to contain a built in pesticide therefore relieving them of having to apply SO MUCH pesticide to the crops after they have grown. This is causing unneccessary illnesses in all people consuming them. This may be what is going on with the marijuana.

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