Mexico Troops Find Hybrid Marijuana Plant 

Mexico Troops Find Hybrid Marijuana Plant 
Posted by CN Staff on December 20, 2006 at 08:45:07 PT
By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press
Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico -- Soldiers trying to seize control of one Mexico's top drug-producing regions found the countryside teeming with a new hybrid marijuana plant that can be cultivated year-round and cannot be killed with pesticides. Soldiers fanned out across some of the new fields Tuesday, pulling up plants by the root and burning them, as helicopter gunships clattered overhead to give them cover from a raging drug war in the western state of Michoacan. The plants' roots survive if they are doused with herbicide, said army Gen. Manuel Garcia.
"These plants have been genetically improved," he told a handful of journalists allowed to accompany soldiers on a daylong raid of some 70 marijuana fields. "Before we could cut the plant and destroy it, but this plant will come back to life unless it's taken out by the roots." The new plants, known as "Colombians," mature in about two months and can be planted at any time of year, meaning authorities will no longer be able to time raids to coincide with twice-yearly harvests. The hybrid first appeared in Mexico two years ago but has become the plant of choice for drug traffickers Michoacan, a remote mountainous region that lends to itself to drug production. Yields are so high that traffickers can now produce as much marijuana on a plot the size of a football field as they used to harvest in 10 to 12 acres. That makes for smaller, harder-to-detect fields, though some discovered Tuesday had sophisticated irrigation systems with sprinklers, pumps and thousands of yards of tubing. "For each 100 (marijuana plots) that you spot from the air, there are 300 to 500 more that you discover once you get on the ground," Garcia said. The raids were part of President Felipe Calderon's new offensive to restore order in his home state of Michoacan and fight drug violence that has claimed more than 2,000 lives in Mexico this year. In Michoacan, officials say the Valencia and Gulf cartels have been battling over lucrative marijuana plantations and smuggling routes for cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States. In one incident, gunmen stormed into a bar and dumped five human heads on the dance floor. The president, who took office Dec. 1, sent 7,000 soldiers and federal officers to Michoacan last week. Officials have arrested 45 people, including several suspected leaders of the feuding cartels. They also seized three yachts, 2.2 pounds of gold, bulletproof vests, military equipment and shirts with federal and municipal police logos. More than 18,000 people have been searched, along with 8,000 vehicles and numerous foreign and national boats. "We are determined to shut down delinquency and stop crime in Mexico because it is endangering the lives of all Mexicans, of our families," Calderon said, calling the operation a "success" so far. In the past week, soldiers and federal police have found 1,795 marijuana fields covering 585 acres in Michoacan, security officials said. Officials estimate the raids could cost the cartels up to $626 million, counting the value of plants that have been destroyed and drugs that could have been produced with seized opium poppies and marijuana seeds. On Sunday, federal authorities announced the capture of suspected drug lord Elias Valencia, the most significant arrest since the operation began. Calderon's predecessor, Vicente Fox, started out with enthusiastic U.S. applause for his own fight against drug trafficking. U.S. officials called the arrest of drug bosses early in his six-year term unprecedented, while Fox boasted that his administration had destroyed 43,900 acres of marijuana and poppy plantations in its first six months and more than tripled drug seizures. Yet drug violence has spiked across the country in recent years, with gangs fighting over control of routes following the arrest of drug lords, authorities say. Mexico has also continued to struggle with corruption among its law enforcement ranks. Garcia said authorities did not tell soldiers where they were being sent on raids and banned the use of cell phones and radios. Newshawk: DuztSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Mark Stevenson, Associated Press WriterPublished:  December 20, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #30 posted by user123 on December 22, 2006 at 11:20:52 PT:
This is Bovine Scatology.
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Comment #29 posted by Had Enough on December 22, 2006 at 04:17:30 PT
Suckers Bait
“Officials estimate the raids could cost the cartels up to $626 million, counting the value of plants that have been destroyed and drugs that could have been produced with seized opium poppies and marijuana seeds.”Notice the term "up to" is used when describing the Dollar amount. Notice how they included seeds in their Grand Total, using the words “could have been produced”. That is the "cover your ass" part of the statement.Everybody here knows a way to bankrupt these cartels.Re-Legalize.***“up to” and “most”, are lies and suckers bait.I see ads for tires, mufflers, and shock absorbers. Big ads, big letters, with a low priceFollowed by little tiny print, "most cars or trucks".Oil changes, really cheap price, followed by tiny print “up to” 4 quarts.Every time I try to buy these really low cost items, or service, I seem to never have a “most car or truck”. And always need more than the “up to” price.Suckers Bait…………..
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Comment #28 posted by rchandar on December 21, 2006 at 17:10:57 PT:
seems to me...
...there's a new plant. It can't even be sprayed to death. Terrible criminals grow and sell it....tired old logic. It's always the same stuff from them. "If we don't stop this, this disease..., then all of civilization will die. Some of you are laughing, but I take this very seriously." And so the story goes. Leave the important decisions to us--you don't understand the danger, so keep your mouth shut. And it's always something. Chemicals that can pollute the water supply. The chance of schizophrenia annihilating our youth. "Super-potency" which makes a dangerous drug even more dangerous.The commercials always say, "think. Use your judgement. Believe in yourself. Don't smoke pot." Now I'm not saying that people need grass to live, it may be a very good decision to stay clean. But they tell you to get active and think when all they want you to do is shut your mouth and wait in terror of some life-destroying scourge that you had to learn about or hear about from THEM. And they've just told you your thinking doesn't matter, it's worthless.Yes. Leave the important decisions to US.--rchandar
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Comment #27 posted by thestales on December 21, 2006 at 14:58:19 PT
They do have a more potent Lowryder variety. It is called Masterlow. Lowryder and MasterKush. Autoflowering master Kush. I think they have even a new gerneration out mixed with Blueberry and yet another mixed with Santa maria(a sativa) All of which flower in 24 hours of light and finish from seed after 70 days.These mostly stay under a foot tall and can yeild up to an oz or two depending on the care.Give it another 5-10 years and there will be someone who breeds the Ducksfoot( a plant that doesn't have ANY leaf seperation) mixed with lowryder. Then you have a foot tall plant with leaves that don't even look like cannabis.Spray all you like, you can't get rid of it.What a waste of time, energy and resources, just to poison the earth.
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Comment #26 posted by museman on December 21, 2006 at 14:40:25 PT
once upon a time
There was a hybrid that came from Humboldt in the late 70's, that was, near as I can figure it, and based on the word from the source, about 3/4 Ruderalis, combined with the reknown 'Humboldt' hybrid that has been the base stock for almost every American variety of Herb since Ed taught us the basics way back then.That variety in my estimation was the most uplifting, psychedelic THC I ever grew, or smoked since. Ruderalis is the third strain of cannabis, and it is native to Siberia. It is a short season plant - actually a 4 month growing season from seed to harvest - and originally that was why growers were interested in it. The first 'successful' short season strain -with the heavier Indica high was called the '90-day wonder'. That strain never quite worked out it's genetics, and there are many problems with it - particularly for those growers who use lights.Alas, my own strain was confiscated in it's entirety, including my seeds, by you know who, back in the 80's. My own experience with the early inclusion of Cannabis Ruderalis into the American pharmacopia, (the 'illegal' one) was that the strain was far from being the 'ditch weed' I hear it referred to. I know 'ditch weed.' We used the stalks for spears and arrows when I was a kid back in Kansas. I got a scar under my eye where I was hit with one.If I could get that strain - the one I had, or similar to it, I would grow nothing else. Of course it wouldn't be the most popular, for the same reasons I liked it. Of course I seem to reside on that side of reality - the unpopular one- so I guess one man's ditch weed is another man's medicine.
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Comment #25 posted by Max Flowers on December 21, 2006 at 13:08:38 PT
Hi rafael, yeah I knew about Lowryder already... I guess I was referring to the hope of someone going the extra step and creating something quite a bit better than that. All the potency of whatever the chosen THC-bearing strain is, combined all the auto-flower of ruderalis. Don't know if it's possible. I've heard Lowryder is fairly schwaggy.
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Comment #24 posted by rafael on December 21, 2006 at 08:12:23 PT
Comment #19
"The real trick from the breeding point of view will be to make a hybrid that flowers like a ruderalis but still has acceptable potency transferred from the other parent... "A hybrid like that already exists, do a search on the strain called "Lowryder"... I´ve read a lot of good as well as a lot of bad reports regarding lowryder.. But for people that for some reason can´t grow the "regular" strains, it can be quite usefull...There´s even a discussion board dedicated entirelly to lowryder and lowryder crosses:
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on December 21, 2006 at 08:07:25 PT
I realize that there are many in power who would love to poison all the pot that's out there. That would be a great solution to them. I do worry...and then pray about it.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on December 21, 2006 at 08:04:08 PT
I don't think, but I may be wrong, that their intention in spraying paraquat was to poison people but they did....and when those people got poisoned and surprise, surprise! Some of the people they found they had poisoned were their own children.Besides the cough, I believe that the paraquat laced weed we got back then had a peculiar buzz. A dark buzz. It may have just been from being ill with the paraquat...but I think it had a sort of buzz of it's own...that wasn't good. It was very unpleasant and the cough was bad.I do worry about it being poisoned or tainted. There is no protection of any kind through any sort of regulation at the moment.
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Comment #21 posted by Storm Crow on December 21, 2006 at 06:54:26 PT
Sam, dear....
Try running a search on "paraquat". I remember it. Yellowed pot that poisoned you.
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Comment #20 posted by doc james on December 21, 2006 at 05:53:40 PT:
more BS from powers that B
This story stinks of propaganda! eh? Wish I had me some that grew all year long and flowered anytime. Duh....I do now...every 60 days another harvest, let's see... thats 6 crops a year! Got to love it. We dont need no stinkin gov scientists.
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Comment #19 posted by Max Flowers on December 20, 2006 at 23:45:46 PT
The ruderalis genetics are out there, they can't be stopped. If their ultimate destiny is indeed to be instrumental in creating new hybrids that anyone can grow, and flower, anywhere... then I say more power to the lowly little beast!The real trick from the breeding point of view will be to make a hybrid that flowers like a ruderalis but still has acceptable potency transferred from the other parent... 
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on December 20, 2006 at 19:52:09 PT
Freewilks and Max
That is so interesting. There is no telling what potential cannabis could have for human kind and all life, if the big corporations and big pharmaceuticals would just let it happen. They are so they spend a lot of money and time, making everyone afraid.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on December 20, 2006 at 15:52:04 PT
Thanks. I really am not up on things like that. 
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Comment #16 posted by freewillks on December 20, 2006 at 15:44:28 PT
Found this in a breeders forumWhat is Ruderalis?Cannabis Ruderalis is a subspecies of Cannabis Sativa. The term was originally used in the former Soviet Union to describe the varieties of hemp that had escaped cultivation and adapted to the surrounding region.Similar Ruderalis populations can be found in most of the areas where hemp cultivation was once prevalent. The most notable region in North America is the midwest, though populations occur sporadically throughout the United States and Canada. Without the human hand aiding in selection, these plants have lost many of the traits they were originally selected for, and have acclimatized to their locale.Though they contain little THC, these plants hold large potential for use in breeding, both in hemp and marijuana applications. Early flowering and resistance to locally significant insect and disease pressures are but a few of the important traits present in these feral populations.Thankfully, despite years of US government sponsored eradication programs, these wild plants still remain in bountiful abundanceThere are still many commercially offered Ruderalis hybrid strains that are very low quality and should barely be classed as drug varieties. At the same time, the finest Canadian outdoor pot to have crossed my path so far was from Mighty Mite derived lines that were harvested in July and August. The future seems clear for Ruderalis/marijuana hybrids. As many governments ease up on antiquated cannabis laws, more and more people will take up growing. A couple of auto-flowers on the back deck will likely fit the lifestyle of many more folks than would an indoor grow room.Demand for stabilized, auto-flowering hybrids of high drug value, in combination with saner drug laws, will pressure marijuana breeders to move forward on bringing these to fruition. Until then, the ability to have marijuana crops maturing at any time of the growing season should wreak havoc on CAMP style police tactics that have been accustomed to only searching for plants one or two months of the year. This, if for no other reason, seems ample enough to plant some auto-flowerers today!
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Comment #15 posted by Dankhank on December 20, 2006 at 13:04:55 PT
Stand Up
the second Tull album I bought, on 8-track, in 1969.Have been a Tull fan since ...saw them live in Dallas many moons ago ...thanks for the videos ...
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Comment #14 posted by Max Flowers on December 20, 2006 at 12:54:28 PT
FoM (about #10)
In a word---yes. (As long as frost doesn't kill it.)
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on December 20, 2006 at 12:26:57 PT
Nuevo Mexican
Maybe you shouldn't be so hard on them. They didn't know any better. Even after they were killing people and destroying people and their lives day after day. They didn't know what they were doing.Right.I don't want to lord it over them or rub it in when we get justice back. I don't want to mock them or laugh at them to their faces. I just want them to stop and start minding their own business instead of mine and everyone elses. There should be no jobs about "running" my life. I wan't them to back off, quit killing people and causing so much drastic harm to so many people, and be quiet with their lies and let people live the best the can. Prohibitionists are doing anything but helping. A helping hand is not an iron hand of merciless control. We have to control our children to an appropriate degree, but we need to butt our asses out of other grown people's lives.I'd like to see them disappear to the fringes...but they are nuts and deluded...and they won't ever be happy unless they can have their drug war hell and mayhem. They find it an exhilarating thing, I believe. So we must always be on guard against them, even when we have trimmed back their power to harm...they will be reaching. When the WoD's is over, I will be thankful to God. I will be grateful that the wicked power of the overzealous, thoughtless, and merciless will be held back for a while. I won't be "merciless" back at them. I'll just be so glad to have stopped them that I'd just soon forget about them, as not. But, of course, we will all always have to have diligence in watching for the pendulum to swing back to prohibition and all it's sorrows.
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Comment #12 posted by nuevo mexican on December 20, 2006 at 12:20:35 PT
Two more from Tull! Happy Holidays!
Jethro Tull reminds me of Christmas, when I got their 'Stand Up' album, and is my favorite 'Winter-time' music!With Black Sabbaths' Tomi Iommi, their first guitarist, on the Rolling Stones Rock n' Roll Circus video!!
(does anybody here remember that!) Awesome Tull clip!
This one is for you FOM! I think you'll really like this!
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Comment #11 posted by nuevo mexican on December 20, 2006 at 11:25:44 PT
Yes, another DEA scam!
The same government that lies to you about everything under the sun,is lying about this new strain of Cannabis, let's watch this backfire, they have nothing left in their arsenal, and are getting very desperate to keep their Drug War funding alive. Budgets are broken, the corruption has imploded from within, as with all that is perceived as evil!Message to government employed scientists, drug war p.r. spinners, paid shills, corporate whores, and all the rest of you sell-outs and evil bastards, the moment of truth has arrived on the planet, and the lies and the lying liars are being exposed, so get in line for you long term stay in the Hell of your own making, the Hell of your own self-condemnation, where no one but yourself is to blame, and THANK YOU for being such BAD liars!The Drug War is OVER, even if you DON'T want it!Can you say looooosers!Ha!Here is a must watch clip, highlighting the fact that the very government we depend on to DEFEND our country, has sold us out to the highest, (drunkest) bidder, they DID get away with it, for now, though, as with the Drug War, the American people have woken up to the fact that the U.S. is now under the control of the Corpocricy, (Red Scare my ass), the Neo-cons have run the ship of state into an iceberg, and we are quickly listing, and this ship of state will sink, which leads us to this video!(And the captain refuses to admit the Titanic is sinking, this really helps!)Thanks Mayan for your vigilance!
Heads up Neo-Cons, get ready to be frog-marched into Gitmo!
Karma is a perfect BITCH!video of the 911truth Boston Tea Party latest in Music News for Cannabists' who love the flute, great musician-ship, and the innocence of the times:Jethro Tull live, My Sunday Feeling, awesome video for those of us who remember, and for those who appreciate true greatness, I doubt if many here have seen Tull at their best, which was VERY early in their incarnation!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on December 20, 2006 at 11:25:24 PT
I have a question. If they cut the plants down and they are in the right light and not in flowering time and they leave a few branches with leaves on them can't it grow back? 
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Comment #9 posted by freewillks on December 20, 2006 at 11:16:08 PT
Is the only strain of Cannabis that is not sensitive to light cycles (spring, sumer, fall, and winter). And yes if you cut it down it will grow back, not from the old roots but from the seed that drops on the ground. They are trying to eradicate the US version of Ditch weed.
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Comment #8 posted by Max Flowers on December 20, 2006 at 10:51:19 PT
Ridiculous lies
This is beyond absurd! I know people with decades of experience breeding cannabis and studying its genetics, and they have told me, as I already knew, that there is no way that some hybrid has created a cannabis plant that behaves differently with regard to how it reacts to being sprayed with herbicide or how it regenerates after being hacked with a machete. If it is maturing in two months instead of the several that a mexican sativa normally needs, then that just means they are using indica variety. If it matures in two months regardless of what time of year it is, then it is C. ruderalis (or possibly a ruderalis hybrid)---end of story. Bu that would be a dumb move, as the thing with ruderalis is that it is has very little THC content, making it lousy as a "drug strain." And I don't know what's up with them calling this new uber-strain "Colombian", as everyone knows that Colombian landrace cannabis is totally sativa, just like Mexican types, and has no special fast-maturing properties.How stupid do these Mexican drug cops think the world is, or maybe a better question is, how stupid are these Mexican drug cops to believe this kind of thing in the face of huge amounts of established scientific botanical/horticultural knowledge that is easily available??
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on December 20, 2006 at 10:34:58 PT
Scary, scary, ... lies!
Another lie from the DEA! Plants that are Pesticide resistant? Pesticide is for insects and Herbicide is for Plants. This is why the world knows that this is a bogus article! It doesn't help that the DEA keeps lying! Way to go USA! Someday this is going to come right back at ya!
Nobody Can Stop This!
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Comment #6 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 20, 2006 at 10:00:19 PT
DEA Involvement
The black market is a dangerous place for cannabis consumers and the DEA doesn't care if people get killed or poisoned. I'm surprised that the DEA hasn't insinuated poisoned pot onto the black market to kill more cannabis consumers. Or have they?
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 20, 2006 at 09:54:52 PT
I agree that this is not about a hybrid plant but about more poison to spray. 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on December 20, 2006 at 09:46:03 PT
A scam and manipulation of the people.
I think it's a scam to scare citizens and get more drug war blood money out of us AND...MOST ease the people into begging them to "Please spray the world with fusarium to protect us from the horrible plants". Plants of all kinds can send out new shoots from root stock. It's normal.As far as herbicides not working on the roots. Want to bet some of their herbicide stock has been sold under the table by someone with access to it and replaced with water? Think the companies might water down their product a bit to get a government contract?
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Comment #3 posted by ChristenMitchell on December 20, 2006 at 09:40:20 PT:
Jefferson Said It Well
"The greatest service that can be rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture." 
Hemptopia - Our Greener Future
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 20, 2006 at 09:35:41 PT
Storm Crow 
I'm with you.
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Comment #1 posted by Storm Crow on December 20, 2006 at 09:30:26 PT
Super pot or DEA scam?
My question is, "Is this just a scam to validate using fusarium to wipe out cannabis plants?" Although this was about Coca and is 6 years old, this article makes an interesting read. I found the last sentence to be particularly telling! Fusarium is also the genus of the fungus that caused blindness in humans when some contact fluid was contaminated. On the other hand, a tough, herbicide-resistant, quickly maturing cannabis could be a boon to the cannabists all over the world! Gotta wait and see which way it goes (providing it is true and not just DEA pawn propaganda!).
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