Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the last few years, you are aware of humanity’s recent efforts to create a thriving space tourism industry.
Geniuses and corporate business giants such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson have committed to taking people beyond the confines of our little blue oxygen bubble, boldly going where no one has gone before.
The latest private enterprise looking to the stars is one called Moon Express. They are the first private company in the history of our planet that has been granted permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit and land on the moon. Moon Express has an interest in creating a thriving space tourism industry, and eventually they want to assist with the colonization of our only lunar satellite as well.
So if people are really going to leave the planet and go elsewhere, plans need to be made. What we know from recorded history is that where humans go so does cannabis. That’s why Marijuana.com spoke with Naveen Jain, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Moon Express, to see how people will get their pot in space.
“Our goal really is one day for humans to be able to live away from Planet Earth,” said Jain. “If someday we were to get hit by an asteroid, we would all [end up like]the dinosaurs.” Jain went on to add that these colonization goals are long-term. In the short-term, they are looking at tourism, which means food, drinks, and of course pot, will be a must.
At first, all vegetation would more than likely need to be shipped from Earth. But eventually, the moon will need to produce its own sustainable crop of Skywalker OG (and of course fruits and vegetables).
So how is that done?
“Even on our first mission, our goal is to take a small plant and feed and grow it on the moon in a small biosphere,” which Jain explains is basically a makeshift greenhouse.
Once that type of cultivation can be achieved on the lunar surface, eventually companies will be utilizing existing lunar resources. “In the long-term, we will hopefully be able to use the water on the moon to genetically modify the seeds to [grow]using radiation.”
Jain added that scientists on Earth have found bacteria that can seemingly sustain the moon’s harsh atmosphere. That bacteria can be the key to growing moon weed.
“[On Earth] there is bacteria surviving in radioactive nuclear waste. Nature has already found a way to not only survive, but thrive using radiation.”
Moon Express was granted permission by the United States government to land on the moon, but the moon itself is owned by no country. Because of the moon’s independence, prohibition never made it to the lunar surface — so weed is perfectly legal there.
“The laws are yet to be written,” said Jain. “An entrepreneur’s job is to continue to push the envelope and the laws will follow.”
Moon Express plans to land on the lunar surface for their first time in 2017. After that, Jain believes that lunar travel is just a decade away. Until then, cannabis enthusiasts will just have to enjoy their Moonrock on Earth.
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