U.S. Government To Grow 30 Times More Marijuana
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U.S. Government To Grow 30 Times More Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on August 27, 2014 at 20:18:30 PT
By Lauren Raab
Source: Los Angeles Times 
Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. government has upped the quantity of marijuana it’s growing this year, to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46. The federal government classifies marijuana as a substance that has no medical use and is more dangerous than cocaine. But it’s willing to let researchers have access — under a few conditions.One condition is that each project needs approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Another is that researchers get the substance from a particular source: the federal government.
The marijuana is grown at the University of Mississippi, which has the federal contract to do so for research purposes, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said, and the quotas exist “so we don’t have too much of something that could get diverted” to non-sanctioned purposes.The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which “oversees the cultivation, production and distribution of research-grade marijuana on behalf of the United States government,” said it would need 30 times more marijuana this year than in the last several years, the DEA said. But for a while, quotas were even higher: nearly 10,000 pounds a year in 2005 through 2009.The adjustment to this year’s quota took effect Tuesday.Also this week, research suggested that the availability of medical marijuana could help cut down on fatal overdoses of prescription painkillers.Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana. Two of those, Colorado and Washington, also allow recreational use of the drug.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: Lauren RaabPublished: August 27, 2014Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by keninsj on August 30, 2014 at 13:05:47 PT:
I bet they would get better MMJ results from scraping all the oil and trichomes left on the side of the barrel. 
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on August 30, 2014 at 10:08:47 PT
Throw not through. It would be nice if they were through throwing away our tax dollars.
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on August 30, 2014 at 10:06:01 PT
The fed montra!
I was in prison with the elite and the heavy hitters like the New England Godfather. My neighbor for two years. People who know the ropes. They taught me what "BoP" stands for, "Backward on Purpose". You see, in the Bazzaro World of the federal bureaucracy, waste and incompetence are rewarded. That is because the fed answer to everything is to through money at it. How long do you think it took the professional trough feeders to figure this one out? 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 30, 2014 at 09:45:13 PT
Research grade.
Obviously, they mix stems, seeds, long leaves, and all, as thoroughly together as they can. It looks like it's tumbled in some sort of drum, perhaps, for hours, to get that consistency. Imagine what that does to all the little delicate aspects of the stuff. Pressing for smuggling hurts them, but at least, most of the elements are still there. Tumbled, and tumbled, and tumbled... many, many of those elements will have evaporated away into the air. Even a sealed drum would release the super rich vapor as soon as the door is opened.It seems like I've heard that they freeze dry it, too. I don't know if that's bad or not... but it certainly would lend to more cellular destruction. Freezing would do that. Plus, I'd also add that any life that is left in it, would be severely diminished by handling it like livestock feed or rough tobacco.Why don't they do it right? Do you think they might want to skew any cannabis research in favor of keeping it illegal?
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Comment #5 posted by keninsj on August 29, 2014 at 20:45:09 PT:
Research Grade really? 
I guess they leave all those seeds in there because they know no one is going to want to grow it.
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Comment #4 posted by CajunAggie on August 29, 2014 at 14:13:00 PT
Research Grade MMJ
Here's what the feds are calling "Research Grade"I feel bad for the test subjects....
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on August 28, 2014 at 10:34:07 PT
10,000 pounds a year in 2005 through 2009
Five tons? That's a lot of research.I'm trying to recall research that we've heard of during that time frame. Five tons?MikeEEEEE, I think "Research grade" means they took all they had and tossed it together thoroughly and possibly after that, ground it all together. They're trying to get every batch to be as near the same as possible. Hence... research grade.That's my guess, but, of course, that might not be what it means at all.
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Comment #2 posted by Oleg the Tumor on August 28, 2014 at 08:20:01 PT
More Than Strange, when one considers . . .
 . . . that though Uncle Sam recognizes "No legitimate usage", the Federal Govt. still needs to grow or supply Cannabis as a currency to comply (or pay) all the out of court settlements they have been tagged with over the years.How our Government could end up in a situation whereby it is required by its own laws (via settlements) to supply individuals with a Schedule One substance is beyond me.If that substance were really harmful, how long would it take for any agreement to collapse?
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on August 27, 2014 at 22:04:47 PT
Seems strange why scientists cannot buy from legal sources, the states where it is legal for medical use, and I wonder how they determine what is research grade from these quotas. 
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