DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: There’s money – legal money — to be made in marijuana. And while that pleases growers, it also concerns them.
The marijuana business is poised to grow as more states explore legalization. Washington state opened up its first recreational shops Tuesday, and Colorado already has legalized pot. Plus, legal distribution of medical marijuana is now available in numerous localities.
Yet that’s exactly what worries growers who think it’s only a matter of time before big agriculture corporations grab strains that small growers have developed.
The ability to obtain a federal patent for a strain would provide growers with the ultimate legal protection against “big agra.”
There’s just one problem: Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and that means growers’ strains are not eligible for federal patents.