Venezuela: Pot, Protesters, and Modified Genetics – South American Reefer Madness Hits Home

Venezuela: Pot, Protesters, and Modified Genetics – South American Reefer Madness Hits Home

The interior minister for Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez, has had his hands full recently. On April 22 the Caracas police arrested nine individuals for financing and organizing some heated anti-government protests in the Venezuelan municipality of Caracas. Through the utilization of “previous intelligence operations,” Venezuelan authorities raided 10 homes at daybreak, and captured nine potential suspects that, “according to people detained several days before, were handing out money and genetically modified marijuana” as payment to agitators.

Despite the absurd sounding accusation put forth by the interior minister, the bizarre sounding exchange of protests for pot… seems to be absolutely accurate.

While weed ordinarily soothes the Savage beast, many were curious what exactly Rodriguez meant by the term, “Genetically modified marijuana?” While American cultivators are famous for cross-pollinating high THC strains of weed with other hybrids in order to attain specific phenotypes… I’m unaware of any strain that helps develop an angry crowd with a mean right cross.

While Amsterdam went after genetically modified, high potency pot back in 2012, South America has just recently fired up their own version of “Reefer Madness.” Example; a few years back a report from the AFP wire service claimed that black-market pot was being sold on the streets of Cali – weed that have been cultivated from “genetically modified pot grown in Europe and the United States.” But while this report doesn’t mention any specific strains, one thing is certainly clear… Chances are they were talking about Indica hybrids, rather than the traditional Sativa’s most Colombians are used to smoking.

According to Rodriguez, “they gave them the drug to get them high and keep them in permanent activity against security forces.”

Since the beginning of the New Year the Venezuelan government has been subjected to an onslaught of rambunctious protests, spotlighting the rampant insecurity plaguing the country, sky-high inflation and the lack of consumer goods. Currently, approximately 41 people have been killed in the melee, with hundreds arrested and/or injured.