Federal Government Ordered 1000 Lbs Of Marijuana

May 6, 2014

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment just ordered all the mar­i­juana it wants — some­thing it would send most Amer­i­cans to prison for doing. On Mon­day, the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion issued a new rule that increases the U.S. government’s pro­duc­tion quota for med­ical mar­i­juana from an annual 21 kg to 650 kg. That’s about 1,433 pounds of pot in total. The U.S. gov­ern­ment grows mar­i­juana for research pur­poses at the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­sis­sippi in the only fed­er­ally legal mar­i­juana gar­den in the U.S. The National Insti­tute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) over­sees the cul­ti­va­tion, pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of these crops. “NIDA recently noti­fied the DEA that it required addi­tional sup­plies of mar­i­juana to be man­u­fac­tured in 2014 to pro­vide for cur­rent and antic­i­pated research efforts involv­ing mar­i­juana,” reads a recent Fed­eral Register’s state­ment from the DEA. The state­ment goes on to spec­ify a pro­duc­tion quota of 650,000 grams of pot for the cur­rent year. The DEA decided to grant NIDA access to more mar­i­juana “in order to pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous and unin­ter­rupted sup­ply” of cannabis for research, accord­ing to the state­ment, which also says that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was “unaware” of NIDA’s need for addi­tional mar­i­juana when the ini­tial pro­duc­tion quota of 21 kg was set in 2013. Twenty-one states have legal­ized mar­i­juana for med­ical use, and recre­ational mar­i­juana is legal in Col­orado and Wash­ing­ton, with sales in Col­orado hav­ing already begun. About a dozen other states are con­sid­er­ing legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana in some form in the com­ing years. Still, under fed­eral law the plant remains ille­gal and clas­si­fied as a Sched­ule I drug, mean­ing it’s con­sid­ered one of “the most dan­ger­ous” sub­stances “with no cur­rently accepted med­ical use.” The feds have long been accused of only fund­ing mar­i­juana research that focuses on the poten­tial neg­a­tive effects of the sub­stance, but that trend appears to be chang­ing. Accord­ing to The Hill, NIDA has con­ducted about 30 stud­ies to date on the poten­tial ben­e­fits of mar­i­juana. The most recent research effort was approved in March, when the Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices signed off on a study assess­ing med­ical cannabis as a poten­tial treat­ment for vet­er­ans with post-traumatic stress dis­or­der. Researchers will pro­vide the equiv­a­lent of two joints per day, cul­ti­vated from the fed­eral government’s stash at Olé Miss, for 50 vet­er­ans. The fed­eral government’s inter­est in mar­i­juana cer­tainly appears to be grow­ing. Since 2003, more than 500 grants for marijuana-related stud­ies have received approval from the feds, with a marked upswing in recent years, accord­ing to McClatchy. Only 22 grants were approved in 2003 for cannabis research, total­ing $6 mil­lion, but in 2012, 69 grants were approved for a total of over $30 mil­lion. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Matt Ferner, The Huff­in­g­ton Post Pub­lished: May 5, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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