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Obama Administration Orders 1,430 Pounds Of Medical Marijuana

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By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Federal agencies are moving forward with plans to increase the US government’s production of research-grade cannabis.

Last week, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) publicly announced in the Federal Register that it is increasing its marijuana production quota from 21 kilograms to 650 kilograms (about 1,443 pounds) in order to meet increasing demand for the plant from clinical investigators.

Federal regulations permit a farm at the University of Mississippi to cultivate set quantities of cannabis for use in federally approved clinical trials. Regulators at the DEA, the US Food and Drug Administration, PHS (Public Health Service), and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse must approve any clinical protocol seeking to study the plant’s effects in human subjects.

On various occasions, marijuana reform advocates and researchers have publicly criticized NIDA for failing to approve proposed trials seeking to assess the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. However, in March, federal regulators finally signed off on a long-delayed clinical protocol from researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine to evaluate the use of cannabis its in war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Also this spring, lawmakers in several states, including Alabama, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, passed legislation encouraging state-sponsored clinical trials to assess the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol - a nonpsychotropic organic component of cannabis – in the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

“The additional supply [of cannabis] to be manufactured in 2014 is designed to meet the current and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana,” A NIDA spokesperson told TheHill.com. “[T]his projection of increased demand is due in part to the recent increased interest in the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana.”

According to a keyword search using the terms ‘smoked marijuana’ on the clinicaltrials.gov website, eight trials are presently ongoing to evaluate the plant’s effects in humans. Two of these trials are assessing the plant’s potential therapeutic efficacy.

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  • Sarijuana

    Does that mean they are allowing studies that are not intended to prove how marijuana is bad?

  • bobo willams II

    “NIDA” , “DEA-registered researchers”
    Yup get ready for more fear-mongering propaganda …

  • tRIPPIN SanCHEz :::)))

    They could not have picked a worst source other than a mexican cartel, why study an inferior swag when there is so much much high
    grade bud available with a proven track record to help people. This study will be flawed from square 1.

    • Graceman

      Right on, Ive talked with one of those patients still receiving that tin of marijuana “cigarettes” from Uncle Sam and it is worse than the $5 bags we bought back in the 60’s just ground up and rolled with all the stems and seeds that you don’t need. Our counter culture botanists and breeders have done more with this plant than monsanto and all of it naturally (except for the hashishes). Then again isn’t everything done by the Federal Bureaucracy flawed from the start?

  • rezrunner7

    Yeah just take all confiscated mmj from all USA evidence rooms!

  • MrPC

    Right – more research! People have only been smoking the stuff for a couple thousand years or so. Researchers are expecting to find — what? Personally, I’ve been partaking pretty regularly for almost 50 years, and nothing has fallen off yet.

  • nedhoey

    “Controlled Substance”? Lol. hardly. If it was controlled like they pretend it is, they wouldn’t be forced to accommodate all this research. If it was controlled like they wish it was, it would no longer exist.

  • kayleeusa

    Finally someone with power is listening. Don’t denigrate what he’s done for our effort. Yes, like them all, he was pushed by the people, but unlike some, at least he’s been pushable.

  • ADHD in HD on THC

    Government dirt weed will make it so all the testing will determine that marijuana has no medical benefit what so ever! What a waste
    of tax money to study the effectiveness of inferior shitty dirt weed grown by government morons :(