THC/MARAJUANA NOW IN Oranges-Biochemist CREATION
-AND THERE'S NOTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT-
Edited/Summarized by 'Sweeps' Fox
…Well well folks THC-the active Alkoloid property in Marajuana may be found in oranges NOW. This should titillate many and upset government 'anti-DRUG' lords & Orange loving 'purists'. What 'CHEEK' huh? What are 'They' going to do…stop growing/harvesting Oranges? Read the story below…and SMILE. Well some will be OUTRAGED. Who cares…and it's about time. Love this one?/'S'
*HOW THIS 'TERRIBLE THING' HAPPENED*
-Depending on 'what side of the fence' you're on of course-
In the summer of 1984, 10th-grader Irwin Nanofsky and a friend
were driving down the Apalachee Parkway on the way home from
baseball practice when they were pulled over by a police officer for
a minor traffic infraction.
After Nanofsky produced his driver's license the police officer asked
permission to search the vehicle. In less than two minutes, the
officer found a homemade pipe underneath the passenger's seat of
the Ford Aerostar belonging to the teenage driver's parents. The
Minivan was seized, and the two youths were taken into custody on
'suspicion of drug possession.
Illegal possession of drug paraphernalia ranks second only to open
container violations on the crime blotter of this Florida college town.
And yet the routine arrest of 16 year-old Nanofsky and the seizure
of his family's minivan would inspire one of the most controversial
drug-related scientific discoveries of the century.
Meet Hugo Nanofsky, biochemist, Florida State University tenured
professor, and the parental authority who posted bail for Irwin
Nanofsky the night of July 8, 1984. The elder Nanofsky wasn't
pleased that his son had been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and.......he
became livid when Tallahassee police informed him that the
Aerostar minivan would be permanently remanded to police custody.
Over the course of the next three weeks, Nanofsky penned dozens of irate
letters to the local police chief, the Tallahassee City Council, the
State District Attorney and, finally, even to area newspapers. But it
was all to no avail.
Under advisement of the family lawyer, Irwin Nanofsky pled guilty
to possession of drug paraphernalia in order to receive a suspended
sentence and have his juvenile court record sealed. But in doing so,
the family minivan became 'an accessory to the crime', According to Florida........
State law....it also became the property of the Tallahassee Police
Department Drug Task Force. In time, the adult Nanofsky would
learn that there was nothing he could do legally to wrest the vehicle
from the hands of the state.
It was in the fall of 1984 that the John Chapman Professor of
Biochemistry at Florida State University, now driving to work behind the wheel of a used Pontiac Bonneville, first set on a pet project that he hoped would 'dissolve irrational legislation with a solid dose of
reason'...Nanofsky knew he would never get his family's car back...but he
had plans to make sure that no one else would be pulled through the
gears of what he considers a Kafka-esque drug enforcement bureaucracy.
'It's quite simple, really', Nanofsky explains, 'I wanted to combine
Citrus sinesis with Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol', In layman's terms,
the respected college professor proposed to grow oranges that would
contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Fourteen years later,
that project is complete, and Nanofsky has succeeded where his letter
writing campaign of yore failed: he has the undivided attention of the
nation's top drug enforcement agencies, political figures, and media
The turning point in the Nanofsky saga came when the straight-laced
professor posted a message to Internet newsgroups announcing that he was
offering "cannabis-equivalent orange tree seeds" at no cost via the U.S.
mail. Several weeks later, U.S. Justice Department officials showed up
at the mailing address used in the Internet announcement: a tiny office
on the second floor of the Dittmer Laboratory of Chemistry building on
the FSU campus. There they would wait for another 40 minutes before
Prof. Nanofsky finished delivering a lecture to graduate students on his
recent research into the "cis-trans photoisomerization of olefins."
'I knew it was only a matter of time before someone sent me more than
just a self-addressed stamped envelope', Nanofsky quips, 'but I was
surprised to see Janet Reno's special assistant at my door', After a
series of closed door discussions, Nanofsky agreed to cease distribution
of the THC-orange seeds until the legal status of the possibly
narcotic plant species is established.
Much to the chagrin of authorities, the effort to regulate Nanofsky's
invention may be too little too late. Several hundred packets containing
40 to 50 seeds each have already been sent to those who've requested
them, and Nanofsky is not obliged to produce his mailing records. Under
current law, no crime has been committed and it is unlikely that charges
will be brought against the fruit's inventor.
Now it is federal authorities who must confront the nation's unwieldy
body of inconsistent drug laws. According to a source at the Drug
Enforcement Agency, it may be months if not years before all the issues
involved are sorted out, leaving a gaping hole in U.S. drug policy in
the meantime. At the heart of the confusion is the fact that THC now
naturally occurs in a new species of citrus fruit.
As policy analysts and hemp advocates alike have been quick to point
out, the apparent legality (for now) of Nanofsky's 'pot orange' may
render debates over the legalization of marijuana moot.
THE FACT IS…
Florida's top law enforcement officials admit that even if the
cultivation of Nanofsky's orange were to be outlawed, it would be
exceedingly difficult to identify the presence of outlawed fruit among the state's largest agricultural crop.
Amid all the hubbub…surrounding his father's experiment, Irwin
Nanofsky exudes calm indifference. Now 30 y/o…and a successful
environmental photographer…the younger Nanofsky just can't understand what all the BIG fuss is about.
'My dad's a chemist. He makes polymers. I
doubt it ever crossed his mind that as a result of his work tomorrow's
kids will be able to get high off of half an orange'.
**HOW IT WAS DONE & MAYBE…WHAT'S NEXT/LAUGH**
Biochem 101: How to design a Cannabis-equivalent citrus plant
Biochemically isolate all the required enzymes for the production of THC.
Perform N-terminal sequencing on isolated enzymes, design degenerate PCR
(polymerase chain reaction) primers and amplify the genes.
Clone genes into an agrobacterial vector by introducing the desired
piece of DNA into a plasmid containing a transfer or T-DNA. The mixture
is transformed into Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a gram negative bacterium.
Use the Agrobacterium tumefaciens to infect citrus plants after
wounding. The transfer DNA will proceed to host cells by a mechanism
similar to conjugation. The DNA is randomly integrated into the host
genome and will be inherited.