Oranges That Get U High! Wtf!

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  1. Found this a while ago, any1 know about it?

    9 November 1998

    DATELINE--Tallahassee, Fla.
    Oranges that get you high
    A Florida Biochemist designs a citrus tree with THC.



    In the summer of 1984, 10th-grader Irwin Nanofsky and a friend were driving down the Apalachee Parkway on the way home from baseball practice when they were pulled over by a police officer for a minor traffic infraction.

    After Nanofsky produced his driver's license the police officer asked permission to search the vehicle. In less than two minutes, the officer found a homemade pipe underneath the passenger's seat of the Ford Aerostar belonging to the teenage driver's parents. The minivan was seized, and the two youths were taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession.

    Illegal possession of drug paraphernalia ranks second only to open container violations on the crime blotter of this Florida college town. And yet the routine arrest of 16 year-old Nanofsky and the seizure of his family's minivan would inspire one of the most controversial drug-related scientific discoveries of the century.

    Meet Hugo Nanofsky, biochemist, Florida State University tenured professor, and the parental authority who posted bail for Irwin Nanofsky the night of July 8, 1984. The elder Nanofsky wasn't pleased that his son had been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and he became livid when Tallahassee police informed him that the Aerostar minivan would be permanently remanded to police custody.

    Over the course of the next three weeks, Nanofsky penned dozens of irate letters to the local police chief, the Tallahassee City Council, the State District Attorney and, finally, even to area newspapers. But it was all to no avail.

    Under advisement of the family lawyer, Irwin Nanofsky pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in order to receive a suspended sentence and have his juvenile court record sealed. But in doing so, the family minivan became "an accessory to the crime." According to Florida State law, it also became the property of the Tallahassee Police Department Drug Task Force. In time, the adult Nanofsky would learn that there was nothing he could do legally to wrest the vehicle from the hands of the state.

    Biochem 101: How to design a Cannabis-equivalent citrus plant
    Step One:
    Biochemically isolate all the required enzymes for the production of THC.

    Step Two:
    Perform N-terminal sequencing on isolated enzymes, design degenerate PCR (polymerase chain reaction) primers and amplify the genes.

    Step Three:
    Clone genes into an agrobacterial vector by introducing the desired piece of DNA into a plasmid containing a transfer or T-DNA. The mixture is transformed into Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a gram negative bacterium.

    Step Four:
    Use the Agrobacterium tumefaciens to infect citrus plants after wounding. The transfer DNA will proceed to host cells by a mechanism similar to conjugation. The DNA is randomly integrated into the host genome and will be inherited.

    It was in the fall of 1984 that John Chapman Professor of Biochemistry at Florida State University, now driving to work behind the wheel of a used Pontiac Bonneville, first set on a pet project that he hoped would "dissolve irrational legislation with a solid dose of reason." Nanofsky knew he would never get his family's car back, but he had plans to make sure that no one else would be pulled through the gears of what he considers a Kafka-esque drug enforcement bureaucracy.

    "It's quite simple, really," Nanofsky explains, "I wanted to combine Citrus sinesis with Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol." In layman's terms, the respected college professor proposed to grow oranges that would contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Fourteen years later, that project is complete, and Nanofsky has succeeded where his letter writing campaign of yore failed: he has the undivided attention of the nation's top drug enforcement agencies, political figures, and media outlets.

    The turning point in the Nanofsky saga came when the straight-laced professor posted a message to Internet newsgroups announcing that he was offering "cannabis-equivalent orange tree seeds" at no cost via the U.S. mail. Several weeks later, U.S. Justice Department officials showed up at the mailing address used in the Internet announcement: a tiny office on the second floor of the Dittmer Laboratory of Chemistry building on the FSU campus. There they would wait for another 40 minutes before Prof. Nanofsky finished delivering a lecture to graduate students on his recent research into the "cis-trans photoisomerization of olefins."

    "I knew it was only a matter of time before someone sent me more than just a self-addressed stamped envelope," Nanofsky quips, "but I was surprised to see Janet Reno's special assistant at my door." After a series of closed door discussions, Nanofsky agreed to cease distribution of the THC-orange seeds until the legal status of the possibly narcotic plant species is established.

    Much to the chagrin of authorities, the effort to regulate Nanofsky's invention may be too little too late. Several hundred packets containing 40 to 50 seeds each have already been sent to those who've requested them, and Nanofsky is not obliged to produce his mailing records. Under current law, no crime has been committed and it is unlikely that charges will be brought against the fruit's inventor.

    Now it is federal authorities who must confront the nation's unwieldy body of inconsistent drug laws. According to a source at the Drug Enforcement Agency, it may be months if not years before all the issues involved are sorted out, leaving a gaping hole in U.S. drug policy in the meantime. At the heart of the confusion is the fact that THC now naturally occurs in a new species of citrus fruit.

    As policy analysts and hemp advocates alike have been quick to point out, the apparent legality (for now) of Nanofsky's "pot orange" may render debates over the legalization of marijuana moot. In fact, Florida's top law enforcement officials admit that even if the cultivation of Nanofsky's orange were to be outlawed, it would be exceedingly difficult to identify the presence of outlawed fruit among the state's largest agricultural crop.

    Amidst all of the hubbub surrounding his father's experiment, Irwin Nanofsky exudes calm indifference. Now 30-years-old and a successful environmental photographer, the younger Nanofsky can't understand what all of the fuss is about. "My dad's a chemist. He makes polymers. I doubt it ever crossed his mind that as a result of his work tomorrow's kids will be able to get high off of half an orange."
     
  2. If that is true, i can't wait to find one of those oranges, but with the DEA allover his ass i doubt we will see any of it.
     
  3. im almost to high to really get this. oranges with thc? i love eating oranges in the morning mmm mmmmm..its like getting an AWESOME toy inside your breakfast cereal, promotes eating good too, I see nothing negative about it. I feel like florida is going to become suddenly more popular!
     
  4. hahaha that's awesome. Would you have to smoke the oranges to release the THC or could you just eat em? If you could just eat em think of the possibilities. It would be amazing, AMAZING I TELL YOU. It would leave no negative health aspects, it would taste good, and it would be so easy to conceal.

    "Son, make sure you pack an orange for lunch"
    "Oh, I will, I will..."
    "What's that suppose to mean?"
    "Nothing..."
     
  5. You know..

    I know for sure that I am stoned.

    But holy fucking shit, that is brilliant. *Applauds*

    And yes, you would have to smoke it. D-9-THC still would require one basic element to be activated: heat. That's why every single smoking or ingesting method requires some sort of heating mechanism, be it a lighter or a microwave.

    ~Lycanthropy
     
  6. I wouldnt mind getting some of those seeds myself lol
    any1 have any more info on it?
    CWL
     
  7. No, you wouldn't have to smoke it. You'd be able to just eat it. If it contains THC, you can just eat it. It's not different than eating pot in brownies. If you eat those special brownies, well, you get a very long, intense high. So if it would take half an orange, like the guy's son was joking about, then think how messed up you could be just from eating two of them. You'd get the munchies sooooo bad and then you'd eat more oranges, so you'd get more munchies, and eat MORE oranges, and, well, you get the picture. It will be everyone's new favorite fruit. And they (the DEA) won't be able to do anything about it. What are they gonna do, go to everyone's back yard and test their oranges? I mean, come on. Hopefully it'll be widespread around the country. More people would accidentally get high from an orange, then they'd realize it's not so bad. Legalization would get a big bump up in popularity. Unless, of course, it goes the other direction, and more people get anti-marijuana because they can't even "safely" eat an orange anymore... Who knows, only time will tell.
     
  8. that is so cool............oranges that get you high.......i cant even say anything thats so awesome........
     
  9. wow we need more info!!

    maybe some one else can try to make them like he did
     
  10. lol

    believe me, its not that simple.

    tho the process that they explained sounds like a way to transfer genes. but the mechanism to produce a resin is an increadiably advanced mechanism and prob not completely understood. maybe 20 years down the road and is someone is out there actually doing the real research to isolate these particular genes.

    great urban legend.
     
  11. Ohh i love me some oranges, man i wish i had been born about 15 years earlier so i coulda gotten some of them shits! I would feel like god. sell "high oranges" to kids down the street lmao
     
  12. umm, let me get this straight.

    they fould a pipe in the car, so they keep the car?

    doesnt anyone here see what a huge income this must be for the goverment?

    no wonder they dont decriminalize it, they would loose a LOT of money on that, theyr probably impounding tousands of wehicles and making a LOT of money selling them afterwards.

    haha im so glad i dont live in usa.

    ive allways thought of america as a country with mafia like government- especcially in such cases, its made laws that will grind you into the ground, make you bancrupt, for weed, lol.

    i understand the professors motivation, if i got my car impounded cos my son had smoked in it, id get back at the government myself too.

    theft.
     
  13. I was kinda sceptical at first if it was possible but i remember seeing a program where they took the 'glue making mechanisms' from muscles(as in the sea food) and transfered em to a tobacco plant to recreate it in bigger quantities for medical use!
    they say this is the century of biology! well here we come!
    CWL
     
  14. hmm so i wonder where these seeds and oranges are now. . ..I bet the govt is getting high as shit off them and not telling anyone.
     

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