Monday, July 11, 2016

The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for “Corporate Cannabis”

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year.

 As detailed in Part I of this article, the health benefits of cannabis are now well established. It is a cheap, natural alternative effective for a broad range of conditions, and the non-psychoactive form known as hemp has thousands of industrial uses.

At one time, cannabis was one of the world’s most important crops. There have been no recorded deaths from cannabis overdose in the US, compared to about 30,000 deaths annually from alcohol abuse (not counting auto accidents), and 100,000 deaths annually from prescription drugs taken as directed. Yet cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance (“a deadly dangerous drug with no medical use and high potential for abuse”), illegal to be sold or grown in the US.

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1 comment:

Negentropic said...

Corporate nothing. Even liberal idiots like Eddie Vedder and Sean Penn (the same person according to Dallas Goldbug, he has matched their ears! lol), the feuding Zappa siblings, etc., are anti-Monsanto. Meanwhile Frank Zappa himself was a lifetime member of the NRA from 1976 to the day he died or as soon as he shot his first .357 Magnum with Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad who explained to him why without the Second Amendment, his precious First Amendment would not even remotely exist. The album Frank produced for GFR, "Good Playin', Good Singin'" even has a song on it called "Don't Let Them Take Your Gun."