Hybridization is the main cause of extinction of Cannabis, not the cops.
Introducing modern seed to regions like the Hindu Kush and Himalaya sets in motion unstoppable, irreversible and permanent loss of biodiversity right in the most crucial centres of diversity for Cannabis.
Fact is, the police or government are not the worst culprits here.
Anyone bringing modern hybrid seed to Nepal or Pakistan or SE Asia is responsible for dropping a nuclear bomb on the biodiversity of Cannabis.
Until good germplasm stores are established for Cannabis – the good old collections were destroyed in the USA – then this act of utterly short-sighted vandalism against Cannabis is not on the government.
Here are some links to authoritative work for folks who want to know more…. Because it’s always advisable to know more….
- Cannabis: A Complete Guide by Ernest Small – see Chapter 17: Germplasm Resources
- Dwarf germplasm: the key to giant Cannabis hempseed and cannabinoid crops by Ernest Small
- Extinction by Hybridization and Introgression by Judith Rhymer and Daniel Simberloff
- A Classification of Endangered High-THC Cannabis by Ernest Small and John McPartland
To be clear, the image above shows how biodiversity is vanishing from Cannabis through cross-breeding. This isn’t great but it’s nothing like as destructive as the carnage created when the short-sighted or willfully ignorant bring modern hybrid seed to Asia.
And remember, hybridization is the main cause of extinction of Cannabis biodiversity, not the cops.