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  MT NORML Files Suit On Killer Fungus Research!
Posted by FoM on August 13, 1999 at 15:07:18 PT
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Source: NORML 

NORML Aug. 12, 1999, Missoula, MT: A civil rights lawsuit has been filed by Montana NORML against Montana State University at Bozeman to retrieve all documents possessed by researchers there on the development of a mutant fungus that would destroy all plants in the cannabis family.

"I think Montanans and indeed all Americans will be shocked to hear that a crop-killing fungus is being genetically engineered and tested in our communities," said Montana NORML Director John Masterson.

"What's particularly abhorrent about the cannabis-killing manufactured organism being created in a Montana laboratory is the fact that the Montana House of Representatives just passed a pro-industrial hemp resolution with a 95-4 vote."

The fungus, known as fusarium oxysporum, is of the same strain that Florida state drug czar Jim McDonough wishes to use in his state to eradicate cannabis plants, despite claims that the fungus could be harmful to the environment.

"This 'Jurassic Park' idea that the mutant fungus will simply go away after it has rid the United States of cannabis is contrary to all we know about biology and evolution," said Tom Dean, Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director.

"What will prevent the fungus from spreading to other countries where industrial hemp is an essential part of their economy? How do we stop the fungus from evolving into a tomato or wheat killer?"

For more information, please contact Tom Dean, Esq.,
Litigation Director @ (202) 483-8751, John Masterson of Montana NORML @ (406) 542-8696, or Allen Lee, Esq., (406) 549-0459.

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