Controversy over governmental “hemp crop” in Costa Rica

Measure defines up to 0.3% THC levels of crops
January 21, 2021

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The Prosecutor's Office requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) to report on the quantities of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing hemp cultivation announced by the leading minister, Renato Alvarado in recent weeks.

This was confirmed by prosecutor Emilia Navas and National Security Minister Michael Soto in a note published by a Costa Rican digital newspaper.

It is a crop promoted by the MAG through the National Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer (INTA) where according to a press release indicating that the cultivated varieties harvested in Cañas and Guápiles are Dream Queen, Maya Grain and Cherry Blossom.

According to the information provided by INTA and MAG, research is possible through an agreement that was made with a private company, however, so far it is unknown what this company is and why they selected these varieties.

The controversy came when Minister Alvarado asked the Public Prosecutor's Office for permission to transport the harvest of these plants to continue the research process with their derivatives.

Jerarca del INTA, Arturo Solorzano defends legality:

"The #INTA's research on industrial #cáñamo is to have #técnicos and #científicos knowledge of the country in making a decision on the development of this crop in the country, and that Costa Rican producers have a technological package if legislators approve of planting."

The prosecution presumes that cultivated varieties contain traces of THC

"The Public Prosecutor's Office analyzed the letter sent and informed that, as the Cannabis Production Bill for medicinal purposes and Hemp for industrial purposes was not approved, it is not possible to endorse the transit through the national territory of these substances, because, since no distinction is made by current law according to percentages of THC concentration, the mere determination of their presence requires their confiscation and forensic analysis," the prosecution said.

Although THC has great export potential as a medicinal active component, it remains illegal in the country. The qualities of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant indicate that varieties known as hemp have THC levels of up to 1%, those whose contents are higher are kept prohibited according to the international conventions to which the country is registered.

Michael Soto indicated on the visit to the Enrique Jiménez experimentation Center that the corresponding tests on the levels of this cannabinoid be carried out. Since the tests presented by INTA were carried out on the ground and not on the dry plant.

The prosecution presumes that these varieties could have traces of THC.

"I asked the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs (ICD) and the Drug Control Police (PCD) to please tell me, according to the regulations of our law on what the percentage of THC would be for a hemp plant and they replied that it would be 0.2%."

This would look like a field full of hemp in Holland (plants with higher fiber):

Below you can see the photograph published by INTA:

In a simple search for genetics announced by INTA and MAG and according to some specialized seed media, they announce THC percentages greater than 1%. (https://cannasos.com/strains/hybrid/dream-queen)

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#EditorialMCN: PAC y la mentira de que apoyan la legalización del #cannabis.
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"Pero la verdad es que durante los años que el PAC ha estado en el gobierno, los activistas, cultivadores y consumidores de cannabis han estado altamente reprimidos con todo tipo de actitudes policiales que muestran una persecución inminente. No se puede olvidar que fue durante el gobierno del PAC (noviembre 2020) que la fiscalía encarceló a Mario Cerdas nuevamente por suministrar cannabis a personas cercas enfermas con cáncer. NO por VENDER cannabis como dijo el director del OIJ, Walter Espinoza en cadena de prensa. MCN cuenta con el expediente que confirma esta afirmación.
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Este hecho se dio mientras el ministro de agricultura, Alvarado, anunciaba con bombos y platillos la incursión en la siembra de #marihuana, aludiendo que se trataba de cáñamo.
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Sí, mientras el gobierno anunciaba sus granjas de marihuana, se encarcelaba a un abogado activista no narcotraficante con pruebas obtenidas presuntamente de forma fraudulenta.
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Durante las restricciones y controles policiales por COVID-19 se están deteniendo y procesando a personas por el simple hecho de ser consumidores de cannabis. Algunos policías han estado enviando a consumidores a los tribunales de flagrancia abusando de los procedimientos y catalogando el consumo como narcotráfico. Sí, durante el gobierno del PAC.
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Parece que el presidente no quiere pasar a la historia como la persona que legalizó el cannabis, ahora pasará a la historia como el presidente que hizo las de Pilatos y "se lavó las manos", aún a sabiendas de todo lo que está pasando.
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Editorial completo en la Bio. #costarica🇨🇷
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🇺🇾 Un nuevo dato sobre el estado de la regulación en Uruguay indica que el registro de autocultivadores de cannabis aumentó un 50% en el último año. #autocultivo 🍁
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Link en Bio.
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Esta investigación se desarrolló para identificar el uso de medicamentos de prescripción y los resultados de usar cannabis. 🇺🇸 #medicalcannabis 🍁
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Link en Bio.
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Mientras tanto en Marruecos...🌿😁 ...

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