DEA Requests 1,500 Pounds of Cannabis be Cultivated for Research Purposes

Cannabis being cultivated for the U.S. government at the University of Mississippi.
Cannabis being cultivated for the U.S. government at the University of Mississippi (Photo Source: High Times).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants the government to cultivate nearly 1,500 pounds (680,000 grams) of cannabis this year for research purposes, nearly six times the amount they initially requested for the year.

At the beginning of the year, the DEA requested that 275 pounds of cannabis be cultivated for the year. They raised that number to roughly 900 pounds in April, and now, the agency is requesting that 1,450 pounds be cultivated.

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U.S. Scientists Can Soon Run Experiments on Stronger Cannabis than Previously Allowed, Says NIDA

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross, The Verge

Scientists whomarijuana3 study medical marijuana will soon have access to a wider variety of strains. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) — the federal “dealer” that supplies the drug to scientists — has received numerous complaints from researchers that the drug they supply is too weak compared with what’s sold on the streets, legal or otherwise. But the complaints aren’t responsible for the change, Nature reports. NIDA’s willingness to expand the types of plants available to researchers is tied to the fact that legal marijuana is becoming increasingly available.

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Medical Cannabis Measures Becomes Law in Mississippi

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposesmississippisign, has been signed into law by the state’s governor.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1st (and is named after Harper Grace Durval, a 22-month-old girl who has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy), the possession of low-THC cannabis extracts such as cannabis oil and tincture will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center would be authorized to dispense the medicine.

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