Re: How to turn some people to GM (was Glowing Grass)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 17:53:31 MDT

This is a great idea Zeb. Better yet, have little groups of merry pranksters
plant THC grass on the lawns of all town leaders, policemen, priests, schools,
etc in as many communities across the country. Failure to raid and seize the
property of these people will cause all drug seizures and raids be dismissed as
cases of capricious enforcement.

zeb haradon wrote:
> I was just thinking that many of the people who hate GM food and transgenic
> animals, particularly the most extreme eco-terrorist ones, somehow have
> deluded themselves into thinking that genetic engineering is a tool of
> oppression - that the widespread use of GM will result in them not being
> able to do what they want to do.
> A way to counter this is ro provide them with a case where GM will allow
> them a greater amount of freedom then they already have. I've thought of a
> way to do this which I think is within current or nearly-current technology.
> I came up with this idea several years ago but just realized it's
> propogandistic value today: genetically engineer a strain of grass (common
> lawn grass) which produces THC, and other chemicals found in marijuana.
> Immediately, many of the people (from the left side of the anti-GM spectrum)
> who are now protesting GM food suddenly can grow their favorite drug, right
> in their front lawn, without arousing detection. The argument against hemp
> is that it will make it easier to grow marijuana - the argument applies here
> as well, to a much higher degree.. everyone has a lawn. How easy would it be
> to select a corner of it specifically for GM grass, nobody would ever
> suspect - prohibition would completely crumble. Could this be done? Is it as
> easy as inserting a single gene as has already been done in hundreds of
> other cases?
> This would probably backfire if done in isolation without anything else to
> appease the religious right wing "you're playing god!" aspect as well.
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