Summary: Monsanto has created and patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana.
Originated from: World News Daily Report
Date(s) active: Apr 2015
Rumours that agricultural and technology company Monsanto have created the first genetically modified (GMO) strain of marijuana are floating across the Internet, claiming that the American company has already patented the strain in a push to change policy regarding the legalisation of the drug.
The rumours trace back to an article on World News Daily Report, that reads in part –
Monsanto, the multi-billion agribusiness giant, has announced today it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana.
The news that has been welcomed by scientists and leaders of the agriculture business alike as a move forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products could bring a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A. and ultimately, to the world.
The rumours are false, as well as the entire article on World News Daily Report. There has been no announcement from Monsanto regarding GMO marijuana, despite the claims made in the article.
Theories and rumours that Monsanto have been planning to create genetically modified Pot have been crawling around the Web in some form of other for years (as well as plenty of other conspiracy theories as well) but they’ve never provided any sources or substance.
And this latest take on the rumour is equally as baseless, and that is down to it deriving from World News Daily Report, a fake news website that continually publishes fake news in order to attract traffic to its website.
The entire article is fabricated, including the characters quoted within it. For example the article includes a photo of a man named James Adamson who, according to the article, is president of the Medical Marijuana Technologies company. However he – or that – doesn’t exist. The photo is actually of a lawyer named Bob Buckingham.
None of the quotes or other details in the story are real either. Whatever you think of Monsanto – and many don’t think too highly of them – the fact is that this story is false and does not contain a single shred of evidence.
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Thus the site is just another example of a fake news “fauxtire” site. You can read more about fauxtire websites here and how they differ from genuine satire websites.