Are Bayer and Monsanto going after the pot Industry?Simone Loganathan
After months of negotiation and increasing offers, Bayer – the Germany-based pharmaceutical company — has at last signed a deal with Monsanto, hereby obtaining the infamous seed producer for $66 billion.
The merger is reported to be the biggest all-cash bargain on record, and the second-largest acquisition to come out of 2016.
In the past, Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients, has openly and repeatedly warned the marijuana community about Monsanto (and thus the possibility of other large companies and corporations) attempting “corporate takeover of the marijuana industry.”.
As another of its partners, Bayer currently offers some of GW Pharmaceuticals’ items, such as Sativex, an expensive “cannabis” spray that is meant to be restorative, but is reported to be notably less effective than actual “pot” or cannabis.
Bayer and Monsanto, however, which have now merged into a single entity, have agreed to share trade secrets about producing genetically modified marijuana.
“Bayer is partnered with GW Pharmaceuticals, which grows its own proprietary marijuana genetics. You can bet Monsanto and Bayer are interested in creating GMO marijuana,” said Straumietis.
For those unaware, Bayer’s history includes making chemical weapons, providing material support (as part of the Farben group) for Hitler’s genocidal war crimes, using slave labor, and creating irresponsibly toxic and deadly products.
Bayer was also the first company to mass produce and mass market heroin worldwide. In 1898, the company trademarked the opiate diacetylmorphine, giving it the name “heroin.”
When offering their information to the public, Bayer falsely claimed that heroin was not only benign but beneficial for children as a “harmless” remedy for coughs and certain digestive disorders.
Following a similar path, Monsanto has made or contributed to the production of a plethora of harmful products including saccharin, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), nuclear weapons, polystyrene, DDT, Agent Orange, RoundUp (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone (rGBH), Aspartame, GMOs, and dioxin.
In addition, billionaire investor, George Soros of Soros Fund Management, had previously waged a campaign to legalize pot in Uruguay with the sole purpose that he could invest in the plant. Soros reportedly owns 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock.
South American governmental insiders report that Monsanto is already there working on genetically-modified cannabis, along with pharmaceuticalizing THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenoids.
The hydroponics nutrients owner warns that if biotech giants get involved in the cannabis industry, they’ll monopolize it the same way they have the seed, medicine and agricultural chemical industries.
Already, “these corporations have reduced the variety and availability of native seeds. They genetically modify crops so farmers have to buy new seeds every year, and use corporate chemicals like RoundUp to grow them. They’d do the same thing with GMO marijuana,” said Straumietis.
The history up to now is telling of darker and more dangerous times ahead; Corporations such as Monsanto-Bayer should not be allowed to monopolize the marijuana industry, which rather should exist to supply people, whether medicinally or recreationally, with safe, natural, and sustainably grown product.
Contact your local representatives and remind them that your voice cannot be ignored.