Cops find hybrid variety of marijuana in Himachal Hindustan Times
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:58 AM
Cops trying to seize control of one of Himachal Pradesh's top drug producing regions found new hybrid marijuana plants in remote forest of Malana village in Kullu district. Cops in remote forestland in Parvati valley came across hybrid hemp plants during campaign launched by the state police to destroy cannabis cultivation across the state.
"These plants are smaller in size and have more seeds than other hemp plants that grow in wild" Suprintendent of Police (Narcotics) Dr Vinod Kumar Dhawan told Hindustan Times. "Plants have been genetically improved. It appears so that new strain of hemp had been developed after thorough research and analyses", added Dhawan.
Hemp is traditionally used by villagers to prepare rope and shoes. The hybrid plants found have broader leaves and high content resins that are used for extracting charas.
Discovery of hybrid plants have sent anti-narcotic agencies into tizzy making them believe that drug mafia had scattered seeds of hybrid hemp plants to extract high yield of charas to sell at exorbitant prices in the international market as well in key tourist spots in India, particularly in Goa. To market the local charas, drug peddlers have created their own brands - like black widow Skunk balls, AK-47.
Malana cream -name given to charas extracted from hemp in the forest land of Malana village still remains the most famous. "I cannot say whether it is hybrid hemp but certainly these plants are different" says Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Abhishekh Dhullar, who himself has led the cannabis destruction operation in Malana Village.
Hippies when made this forest lands their transit home in the mid-70s, introduced drug culture in Kullu valley. Drug culture in the valley changed the trend forcing many locals to abandon traditional fruit growing and take up lucrative cannabis cultivation.
Anti- narcotic agencies are struggling to curb the expanding chars trade in the valley that have now drawn peddlers from Nepal. The state police have jointly launched a massive campaign to destroy cannabis. For the first time cases have been registered against at least 20 person under the NDPS act after cops and revenue officials detected cannabis growing in private lands. Further to make cannabis destruction campaign more effective state government allocated Rs. 1 crore under MNREGA for cannabis destruction. Till last month cannabis had been destroyed on 54,000 bighas of forest land across the state.
"Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue...that we couldn't resist it." - John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.
"[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks" Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, "The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to."
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:14 PM
Absolutely correct KingBlueRizla! I could not agree more!!!
Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:58 PM
I agree completely.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:06 PM
smaller in size and have more seeds than other hemp plants that grow in wild ,,,, do what now ? if there saying a strain created thanks to selective breeding then yeah and fair enough but the reality is your likely to get areas where the genetic expression is different , this is thanks to a million and 1 things be it micro-climites or wind , this is potentially bollocks , more than likely to be
Discovery of hybrid plants have sent anti-narcotic agencies into tizzy making them believe that drug mafia had scattered seeds of hybrid hemp plants to extract high yield of charas to sell at exorbitant prices in the international market as well in key tourist spots in India,,,,, scattering ? thats not good business practice ,,, lets label that under bollocks
To market the local charas, drug peddlers have created their own brands - like black widow Skunk balls, AK-47.,,,,,, no shit Shurlock , of course they prefer certain keif off certain plants , business is also about consistency , created though ? i doubt that , more likely there just sticking with what they know which can be slightly different to the local stuff thanks to every crop throwing out the same seed again and again , in time its going to be a smaller gentic pool
made up shit i recon
Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:00 PM
smaller plants with more seeds could mean anything, not necessarily introduced hybrid genetics.
I suspect that they probably look markedly different, like the difference that is obvious between a lanky thin leaved sat with loose flowers and a plant with some of the squat, wide leaved, tightly flowering traits form hybrids such as we normally grow
old pic of hybrids and sats both early flower plants, if you had only seen one type before would you instantly recognise then as different?
Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:19 PM
I wouldn't give a dutch strain or it's hacked DNA a chance in the Himalaya. The local land races have evolved to the local conditions over years, they're probably the best strain for the job.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:58 PM
Might find they are growing specifically for cartels/export or even the european travellers who keep demanding AK47 etc on the backpacker trail,
but we'll just educate them
about how evil hybrids eliminate the superior strains that are more vigorous and adapted to the local clime
show them how to wreck plantations where there are species that don't belong
do the local botanic garden for a start as that's full of foreign invaders
it'll be clear that we've got the right motives
especially if we don't share any of our gear or seeds with them
and don't stick around to grow some of this sacred landrace, because it takes too long and I for one have got a nice bit of indica hybrid finishing much sooner back home
Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:08 PM
Quite so. Natural selection kicks the arse off human selection.