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Washington: I-502 Marijuana Production Manager Advocates GMO Cannabis


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

One supposes it was predictable. A production manager at a licensed Washington recreational marijuana producer, has endorsed genetically modified marijuana in an interview with the network.

Tyler Markwart, founder of Allele Seeds and production manager/breeder at Monkey Grass Farms, is a proponent of GMO cannabis and argued in the interview that many potential benefits could come from genetically modifying strains.

"The idea is you could remove the cold resistant genes from a salmon and put it in a plant, allowing that plant to exhibit better growth conditions under freezing temperatures or near freezing temperatures," said Markwart, who said he studied organic agriculture "and philosophy" at Washington state University, and writes for High Times, the Northwest Leaf, Ladybud and Culture. (It would presumably just be too easy to grow non-GMO, non-salmon weed in non-freezing conditions.)

"It hits really two main people when we want to talk about it: the growers and it also hits the end consumer at the same time," Markwart said. "The growers are looking to be profitable, that's mainly their goal so that they can have another season to plant another round of crop and live and pay their bills like everybody else."

Washington: Rowdy News Conference Announces Closure Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart must have envisioned quite a different news conference than the one which actually happened Wednesday morning, when they announced the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in King County.

The medicinal cannabis dispensaries, which in some cases after years of smooth operation have now been suddenly defined as "unlicensed" in a money grab by I-502 recreational marijuana store operator, represent the only safe and affordable access to cannabinoid medicines for many limited mobility and low income patients in King County.

The dispensaries have to shut down in 30 days, if they don't have a license -- oh, and did we mention that there aren't any licenses available?

Satterberg and Urquhart -- who maybe expected to be hailed as heroes at their news conference -- were joined by Russ Hauge of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), at the Sheriff's Office White Center Storefront. But that's not what happened, reports Gwen Davis at the West Seattle Herald.

They were greeted by a vocally hostile crowd of about 30, with hecklers screaming at the prosecuting attorney and the sheriff as they were trying to give their prepared speeches, which were rendered mostly inaudible.

"You are horrible people!" one woman yelled at Satterberg.

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