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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    UNITED STATES - Calling all pot farmers: Uncle Sam is looking to buy.

    An arm of the National Institutes of Health dedicated to researching drug abuse and addiction “intends” to solicit proposals from those who can “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis, according to a listing posted Tuesday night on a federal government website.

    A successful bidder must possess a “secure and video monitored outdoor facility” capable of growing and processing 12 acres of marijuana, a 1,000 square foot (minimum) greenhouse to test the plants under controlled conditions, and “demonstrate the availability” of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration-approved vault to maintain between 400 and 700 kilograms of pot stock, extract and cigarettes.

    Back-up plans in case of emergency required.

    The NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse is looking for growers who have the capability to develop plants with altered versions of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the main psychoactive component of pot—and cannabidiol (CBD), which is known for its medicinal properties. NIDA “anticipates” awarding a one-year contract with four one-year options, according to the posting. The vendor would also have to register with the DEA to research, manufacture and distribute cannabis.

    There are 18 states that have decriminalized pot, 23 states with laws allowing access to medical marijuana, and two states—Colorado and Washington—that have legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Federal law still classifies marijuana as a drug on par with heroin, acid and ecstasy.

    The NIH did not respond to a request for comment.

    Time Magazine/August 27, 2014


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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. flowertongue666
    I'm going to stay positive and not think that this means the testing is underway for an FDA-approved version of marijuana which will be the only approved version of marijuana in the USA.

    Instead I will assume they are looking at doing some actual research which will not be undertaken with the sole aim of proving that marijuana is as harmful as the government wanted it to be. Which might actually surprise a lot of people with unknown harms determined through actual 'science,' or just state the case as is known now (that it isn't the worst drug ever used by humans).
  2. scartissue_68
    Interesting Post BT2H.

    If the US government tries to market their own "House" brand in favor of that now available in the current dispensaries in 25 states, they will only re-institute a Black Market for the sake of repressing the free market.

    The US has been known to store massive amounts of Morphine and other drugs used in war inside the vaults at Fort Knox. That would be my guess as to reason for such a large scale cannabis "grow".

    Marijuana was cultivated around where I live in WWII for Hemp production. It still grows wild, but has virtually no psychoactive properties.

    The Obama DOJ has refused to enforce the US federal controlled substance act concerning Pot. It's time for weed to be re-classified as OTC for those over 21. Almost half the states in the Union are currently breaking the Federal Laws.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    We are both children of the We Don't Trust Authority Generation and think alike on never saying it could never happen. If more states legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana in the next few years, I predict lots of unexpected aspects of business and personal freedom will be up for major transition, growth and change. I do think that the legalization of pot (and perhaps even other drugs in the coming decades) will radically shake up the world in many ways--and some of them well over-due for shaking, indeed.
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