Plant biologist George Weiblen was once ridiculed as the "professor of pot," but he never imagined where we'd be now, with marijuana as one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and hemp as a burgeoning one. Still, cannabis is "widely misunderstood," he says, and his research "brings some clarity and objectivity" into the discourse. Here, I talk with him about his latest work on the evolution, genetics, and crop science of cannabis.
A brief Storify of the discussion is below.
Q&A with Plant Biologist George Weiblen
As the first biologist with approval to grow cannabis in the lab, Weiblen was once ridiculed as "the professor of pot," but now he's studying a plant at the heart of two burgeoning industries.