Monsanto about to produce GMO marijuana

The U.S. biotech giant Monsanto is planning to turn genetically engineered marijuana on the market. Companies like “Drug Policy Alliance ” and “Open Society Foundation ” want to produce their own brand of Cannabis.

The organization of the ” Open Source Foundation ” has been under the control of, billionaire George Soros, A major Monsanto’s shareholder. The company ” Drug Policy Alliance ” responsible for the market development of genetic manipulated marijuana seeds is funded by Monsanto and will be largely active in Uruguay.

As one of the first countries in the world, Uruguay officially legalized marijuana production and sale. Initiator of the law was the government of Uruguay led by President Jose Mujica. According to the authorities, the legalization of marijuana guarantees success regarding the regulation of prices for hemp in Uruguay.

Their are many reasons why Monsanto and other GMO companies show interest in a new product. Marijuana could be the next big thing that can be genetically manipulated on a large scale. First, Monsanto plans to develop GMO medical marijuana. If pharmacists work along with biotech companies, like a kind of pharmaceutical mafia, and have the opportunity to patent the active compounds, it can be used as a patented drug.

It is also worth mentioning that “Jamin Shively”, Microsoft’s former strategic director, has announced that he intends to patent the first national brand in the U.S. that will be produced from imported Mexican hemp. The new companies homebase will be in Seattle.

The businessman said that the initial funding for the project is budgeted at $ 10 million to launch production, distributed over only two U.S. states, but at the request of Shively : “We will try to ensure that 40% of the trade in cannabis over the world wll be in our hands . ”

Welcome to the world where money never sleeps!

Political party VVD questions strong weed control

Amsterdam- The VVD sees a problem with the control by coffee shops on the sale of too strong weed. The government does not allow this anymore, but the coffee shop owner cannot easily control how strong the weed is that he gets delivered.

According VVD MP Ard van der Steur, there is equipment with which the coffee shop owner can measure how strong his wares are, but it could be possible that the supply of this equipment runs into problems. As it happens, the government is scheduling to criminalize the preparation of cannabis cultivation. Van der Steur fears that the supply of this equipment is covered by this terminology.

He also wonders whether anything can be done against selling fake drugs, which mainly seems to be a problem in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. People are offered coughing remedies or even crushed fluorescent tubes. Van der Steur wants to know from Minister Ivo Opstelten (Justice) whether this can be prohibited.

Hash Prohibition

His proposal to end tolerating the sale of hashish in the coffee shop did not go well with the opposition, but found resonance among coalition partner CDA and condoning partner PVV. The hash is largely from abroad. The parties find it strange that from the sale in the Netherlands, international drug gangs can benefit.
There is more; customs does its best for intercepting the means, while they can subsequently be sold once they are in the Netherlands.

Control weed pass not a priority

Amsterdam- Checking the coffee shops for their compliance with the rules surrounding the weed pass gets no priority in Den Bosch.

Mayor Rombouts writes this in a letter to the council committee administrative affairs. Spearheads of the Bossche policy on the coffeeshops have always been nuisance, youth and hard drugs; it will remain this way.

The letter informs the council committee about the way Rombouts wants to deal with the strengthening of the Dutch soft drugs policy desired by Minister Opstelten.

Is Spain thinking about legalizing cannabis to obtain more tax?

Amsterdam- On Thursday, there was a strange debate in the Spanish Parliament with the Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz Gallardón present at that time. The debate was in fact about whether or not to legalize marijuana to generate more much needed tax revenue.

The minister was asked this question by some MPs on Thursday, and the response of the minister was short and clear: he has always been against. However, this does not mean there is no thinking about a similar idea, though not so openly said so. It could be quite a good source of income, since there is currently quite some illegal smoking going on in Spain.

Private use

To the question of an MP, whether the minister has smoked hashish once or more himself, the Catholic minister answered neatly and concise: never in his life. He does say that he has had several cases of drug abuse and its consequences in his presence. Many young people begin with the use of marijuana, which is not fatal but it can easily tip to deadly and highly addictive drugs, the minister says.

Taxes

A possible legalization of marijuana could bring the public treasury a large pot of money. The first calculations assume a 6 billion netting business, which could bring the public treasury between 200 and 500 million Euro of taxpayers’ money. In addition, thousands of jobs could be created by a possible legalization.

For now, the minister does not want to think about legalization of marijuana, but he is also not completely against it, several Spanish media indicate. It is just no matter that is internally talked about in the current government.

Minister Opstelten explores small scale cannabis cultivation

Amsterdam- Minister Ivo Opstelten is identifying which municipalities have plans to regulate marijuana cultivation and has promised to investigate small-scale cannabis cultivation in Europe and the U.S. He says so in response to questions asked in the House.

Several Brabant municipalities, including Tilburg and Eindhoven, would like to have the ability to experiment with local regulated cannabis cultivation.

In violation of legal regulations

The probability that the Ministry permits this seems quite small, since the minister indicates in the same answers that there is no room for local initiatives deviating from legal regulations. He refers to the UN conventions, EU law, and the Opium Act.

Yet the Justice Department is going to investigate small-scale cannabis cultivation. The study implies that the Ministry will consider what the consequences of referenda in the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado are. In those States, citizens chose to legalize marijuana. What that means in practice is still unclear.

Consequences

‘The minister will see how it goes in those states,’ a representative of the Ministry has said. ‘The minister will also see how the results of the referenda relate to the policies of the central government in the United States.’ Opstelten will thus mainly examine the impact of such plans.

In some places in Europe, there are similar initiatives that the minister is examining. The minister especially looks at the legal side of the matter in the investigation.

The SP has also asked the minister what the whole fight against marijuana crime actually costs, but Opstelten does not give transparency about that. He says he simply does not know. The minister indicates that there are no separate records of the costs for the control of certain types of crime.

Where to buy marijuana in the Netherlands without a weed pass

 

Dear visitor

During the last few weeks, there is confusion about whether foreign tourists are or are not allowed to buy weed or hashish in the Netherlands. We would like to answer this question. Where are you welcome and where not?

You are NOT welcome

Since the first of May, a weed pass is needed for 3 southern provinces of the Netherlands. These 3 provinces are: Limburg, Brabant and Zeeland. In these 3 provinces, it is therefore not possible to buy hashish or weed without weed pass, as a foreign tourist.
We have indicated these 3 provinces on the map with the color red.

You are VERY welcome

From May 1st, 2012 until January 1st, 2013, it is thus still possible in the remaining provinces of the Netherlands to visit the coffee shop as a foreign tourist and to purchase smokers’ requisites in the form of marijuana or hashish and to smoke it.
We have indicated these 9 provinces on the map with the color green.

We therefore ask all our visitors and fans to keep visiting Amsterdam and the rest of our beautiful country (Holland) and especially to go to coffee shops so that the Dutch government realizes that entering a weed pass (which discriminates against tourists) makes no sense.

We are brainstorming to get to a solution to the weed pass problem. Of course, the best scenario is that the weed pass is completely abolished. But if this is not the case, there MUST be a legitimate and unique Dutch way to allow foreign tourists to smoke their joint in a relaxed way. Continue to follow our news by joining our news feed, to like us on Facebook or to follow on Twitter.

Keep on smoking,

 

The seedbank team

Cannabis tourist remains welcome in Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam- Foreign tourists remain welcome in Amsterdam coffee shops for the time being. This is what Minister Opstelten has said following the decision of the municipality to ban smoking weed from schools. The ban applies to schoolyards of high schools and vocational schools.

Amsterdam has already said several times that tourists should continue to get access. That intention is now honored.
The coalition agreement states that only residents should have access to coffee shops. Nevertheless, it also says that the enforcement of the residency criterion should be consulted with the municipalities, that introduction happens in stages if necessary and that customization will be offered.

Schools

According to Opstelten, the Amsterdam ban on smoking weed in schools and the actions accompanying it are examples of a local coffee shop policy. “This is dimensioning that appeals to me, this is exactly what we intend,” the minister says. Opstelten has called postponement of the residency criterion in Amsterdam a pragmatic solution.