3 may. 2016

Biotech Startup Maps Cannabis Genetic Evolution to Prevent Corporate Patenting

Between promising studies regarding the medical uses of cannabis and it's obvious recreational use, the legitimization of marijuana for mainstream consumption appears to be a forgone conclusion, with four states already having decriminalized the drug, and many more eyeing similar legislation. But along with mainstream acceptance of a given substance also comes the pitfall of corporate meddling: cannabis, being a biological organism, runs the risk of having agriculture companies like Monsanto patenting the plant's genes, a move that would allow them to have legal authority over who gets to grow the plant.

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