snoqueen wrote:The Monona law might essentially legalize the back yard grower who puts a few plants among the squash and tomatoes.
Not likely. Plants are usually considered for their potential to create finished product. I've seen charges for possession of 1lb/plant, even if the plants are only little sprouts. I suspect an overzealous prosecutor may charge similarly for individual seeds.
the plants themselves are listed in the controlled substances act 1970, schedule i in this case, just as schedule ii contains all parts of the opium poppy save the seeds and a number of plants of the erythroxylum
genus as the latter are the source of bolivian marching powder. by the way, the latter can grow other places than north-western south america and could probably be cultivated in parts of the united states and continental europe as well as southern africa and much of asia as well as australia -- at one point in the early xx. century the area now known as indonesia produced something like 30 per cent of the world total, presumably in a lot of cases on flat land close to sea level, and there was small-scale production in parts of australia, india, and the island now known as sri lanka on and off over the last 150 years.
a different flower, papaver bracteatum lindley 1847
does in fact make phenathrene alkaloids like the big m and it is loaded with codeine as well. jános kábáy himself may have worked with them in the 1920s, and pharmaceutical firms in croatia and elsewhere have used them exactly for this purpose.
in the past did not federal taxpayers' money go into determining the exact colour range of cannabis plants and how they look to microwave, infrared, and ultraviolet imaging so they could use aeroplanes, helicopters, and space-based platforms to find plants. i assume they've done the same for other controversial plants.