Originally Posted by eloquentsoution
our attorney advises that as long as there are no roots, it is not a plant. this gives grow geek some parameters under which to function. i wonder if there were no foliage, only root, if it would be considered a plant? hmmmm........
Just because it's in vitro doesn't absolve one of section 201.1 of the US Sentencing Guidelines:
"For purposes of the guidelines, a "plant" is an organism having leaves and a readily observable root formation (e.g., a marihuana cutting having roots, a rootball, or root hairs is a marihuana plant.)"
See also U.S. v. Miles, 319 Fed. Appx. 266 (4th Cir. 2009).
If anything TC, just gets you to that 99 plant limit just a little faster. Even callus tissue can have roots. Marijuana is still "considered all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.," including seeds.
Now, as for the all roots bit- look up hairy root culture. Of course, given that roots don't produce the compounds of interest, it's a moot point.