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Feds Increase Cannabis Production At Mississippi Farm

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Federal immigration bill hatch marijuana growingMost people don’t know that the federal government grows and supplies medical cannabis to four patients enrolled in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. The program had more patients when it started in the 1970-s, but there are four patients grandfathered into the program that still receive medical cannabis to this day. The cannabis is grown at the University of Mississippi. Considering the federal government’s official position is that cannabis has no medical value, the existence of such a program is a slap in the face to science, logic, and compassion.

Recently the United States government boosted production at the facility. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Researchers there are hoping to produce 30,000 new plants, which will be used primarily for medical marijuana research. One researcher at the facility is pursuing a study of cannabidiol.

The increase comes after the DEA approved plans to boost the government’s annual production of marijuana from 21 kilograms to 650 kilograms, which equates to about 1,433 pounds.

Why would the federal government fight so hard against medical cannabis at the state level and fight rescheduling cannabis, yet have a program in Mississippi? Conspiracy theorists suggest it’s because the federal government wants to have the monopoly on cannabis research and prohibit the rollout of cannabis as a form of medicine until they can corner the market. I think there’s a lot of logic behind that theory.

It’s time that the feds acknowledged that cannabis is medicine. It’s time that the federal government stepped out of the way and let states handle this issue. Or even better, legalize cannabis at the federal level and be done with it altogether. It’s clearly time for a new approach across the country.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.