Perhaps. But poor breeding practices abound, and poor breeders pumping out fem'd seeds are being rewarded by the market because of this myth that using chemically-induced hermaphrodites as breeding stock has no downside. Guns don't kill people, right? But walk into a bar full of tweaked-out gangbangers, hand them all 44s and toss a bag of Benjamins on the floor, and somebody's gonna get hurt...
I've been pouring over the techs on feminization for the past few days - out of the hundreds of pages and dozens of posts on the subject, I've not found three sentences that address how to evaluate potential breeding stock for "natural" intersexual traits, how to identify "fully female" individuals for a feminization program. Not a single post on an effective screening program to identify and cull less than "fully female" individuals.
It's quite clear to me why. Because no one is doing it. Why is no one doing it? Because the only "selection" involved in fem'ing elite clones, is deciding whether to do it and make $$$, or not.
Ironically, we have Prohibition to thank for delaying the apocalypse: most of these fem'd hacks go to "genetic islands" (Gorilla tents) and never have the chance to cross-breed with other populations. Most are never bred at all - and if that's all that ever happens, I'm fine with fem'd seeds. In fact, maybe the fix is creating fem seed that produces sterile pollen only when hermaphrodized. Now there's a worthy breeding project, IMO. One even the VCs would love (terminal fem seed!) They'll need it when you are sowing fem'd Blue Dream by the acre, 10,000 plants at a time. Are they going to be happy with those 95% "fully female" P1s then, when a 5% herm rate equals 500 pollen-chucking plants scattered around 3 acres?
Vigorous, exclusive, and unwavering dioeciousness is the primary trait which drug cannabis must be bred for above all else - because nothing else matters if even one in 50 progeny show intersexuality. It ruins the crop. It's insidious, because it not only renders the individual plant economically useless, it destroys all other individuals cropped with it. What we should be doing is throwing STS at all our breeding stock, and keeping only those individuals that DON'T reverse. Them's your "full females".