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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Feds Want To Grow 30 Times More Marijuana This Year

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

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A big bag or several small ones, no amount of cannabis is ever enough. This is true for trips to Coachella, weekends in the woods, and even the federal government.

At this exact moment, the feds are asking for more marijuana. Specifically, they want 650 kilograms, or about 3/4 of a ton, up from the 21 kilos, or 45 pounds, the federal government planned to grow this year.

Since1968, the feds have been in the weed-growing game, producing all the cannabis that researchers can legally access in Mississippi. But demand for more research is increasing, so the Drug Enforcement Administration filed the emergency request to up the production total on Monday, the Washington Post reported.

The federal weed is grown on a 12-acre, fenced-in compound at Ole Miss by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. Every year in September, the DEA OK's the following year's marijuana supply -- but this year, there's been a sharp increase in demand.

"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. Specifically, NIDA stated that 600 kilograms is necessary to be manufactured in 2014," the DEA wrote in its notice published yesterday in the Federal Register. "The aggregate production quota for marijuana should be increased in order to provide a continuous and uninterrupted supply of marijuana in support of DEA-registered researchers who are approved by the Federal Government to utilize marijuana in their research protocols."

The Post noted that federally approved marijuana-related research projects have nearly tripled in the last decade. But a 30-fold increase in the weed supply available for research is a humungous increase.

So what's the new frontier of weed research? Research oversees doesn't seem to be confirming the findings that cannabis can shrink tumors: A brief scan of upcoming medical studies on cannabis in the database shows a lot of inquiries into "marijuana dependence" and how weed impairs drivers.

Keep in mind that this is the same federal government that has declared marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance, with no medical value and a high potential for abuse.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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