Watch Attorney Craig Small on FOX 9: Genetics, Business and Politics Changing Cannabis
For thousands of years humans have cultivated a species of plant known as Cannabis Sativa. In the 21st Century, it may be the plant’s turn to change us.
What began as an ancient crop is now having its cultural moment in America. In Minnesota, there is the lingering possibility of legalization for recreational use.
“For more than 10,000 years we’ve been shaping it,” said George Weiblen, a University of Minnesota Plant Biologist.
For more than a decade, Weiblen’s lab has been mapping the cannabis genome, by cross breeding two cousins: marijuana and hemp.
“We’ve seen quality go up, and we’ve seen people go out of business,” said Craig Small, a Denver attorney who specializes in cannabis.
Like other states, Colorado is growing more marijuana than people are consuming, leading to a drop in prices. He said the medical and recreational system are now almost identical.
The concern in Colorado and other states is that market forces will mean more people are buying cannabis flower and fewer people will buy the more expensive medicine.
“I know that’s one of the biggest complaints of medical community is how can we say medical marijuana is medicine when we can’t scientifically identify doses,” said Small.