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Dear IDMU I have been busted for growing cannabis indica, not cannabis sativa, the misuse of drugs act 1971 states (any plant of the genus cannabis, the species known to pharmacology is sativa.) also in the encyclopaedia Britannica it states, the genus cannabis contains only one species sativa. I was not growing sativa, so I am pleading not guilty to the charges. I have been trying to find a botanist to help with my trial, your site was recommended to me, one of the key points of my plant is the flowering time, if im telling the truth and I am, then premating isolation is in place, and my plants would not fertilise the species sativa, and therefore would be of a separate spieces. any help you could provide me would be appreciated.

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Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis are all sub-species of the genus cannabis, and are all equally 'illegal' under UK law.  They can all inter-breed freely, and many 'pedigree' cultivars are indica/sativa hybrids. Authorities disagree about the number of species of plant which constitute the genus Cannabis.  Although many authorities continue to class all varieties of the plant, including Hemp and Marijuana, as Cannabis sativa, it is widely accepted that there are three separate species or sub-species:  C.sativa being most widely cultivated in the Western World, was originally grown on an industrial scale for fibre, oil, and animal feedstuffs, is characterised by tall growth with few, widely-spaced, branches;  Cannabis indica, originating in south Asia, and also known historically as Indian Hemp, was cultivated for the drug content, with shorter bushy plants giving a much greater yield per unit height;  Cannabis ruderalis is a hardier variety grown in the northern Himalayas and southern states of the former Soviet Union, having a more sparse "weedy" growth, and is rarely cultivated for the drug content .  Those who argue that all three are one species point to the fact that cross-breeding produces viable and fertile daughter plants.  Technically, therefore, they can be so considered, in the same (albeit less extreme) manner as a Great Dane and a Chihuahua are technically the same species of dog

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