An Ohio woman is suing the Bayer-Monsanto company for $300 million after she allegedly suffered severe damage from snorting and smoking Roundup, the glyphosate-based herbicide originally produced by the American company Monsanto.
Emily Rosenberg, 37, says she was introduced to Roundup by a friend who used the herbicide to “get high” and said it would give her a “killer weed” buzz.
Rosenberg said that by mixing Roundup with baking soda and heating it, the herbicide would crystallize in a form that could be “snorted or smoked” and give an intense high.
“It doesn’t say on the bottle not to smoke or snort, it just says not to ingest the product,” Emily Rosenberg said in court.
“If I knew I would suffer permanent brain damage from snorting or smoking their product, I would’ve never tried it,” Emily Rosenberg told the judge in tears.
Although Rosenberg admits that using fentanyl and crystal meth regularly may also have damaged some brain cells, she believes that Roundup caused major degeneration of her brain functions.
Rosenberg’s lawsuit comes at an inauspicious time for the Bayer company as a recent court verdict has shown that glyphosate, the herbicide’s active ingredient, is carcinogenic to humans.
Bayer, who bought Monsanto last year for $63 billion and is now liable for claims against it, now faces more than 1,000,000,000 lawsuits alleging that glyphosate causes cancer.