Want To Run The US Government's Marijuana Grow Farm?

While the government contract to date has been pro forma–the University of Mississippi/Oxford has won the contract every year since the late 1960s and MAPS’ and Prof. Lyle Craker’s successful lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to effectively break Ol’ Miss’ monopoly on cultivating cannabis for research and approximately five Compassionate IND patients, and allow the University of Massachusetts/Amherst to cultivate research and therapeutic grade cannabis, is being appealed by DEA–competition can only help science, and the free market place of ideas and research.

Production, Analysis, & Distribution of Cannabis & Marijuana Cigarettes
Solicitation Number: N01DA-10-7773
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Location: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Added: Aug 05, 2009 9:03 am
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations having the capability to (1) grow, harvest, analyze, store and distribute GMP grade cannabis (marijuana) on large and small scales; (2) extract cannabis to obtain purified phytocannabinoids including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), analyze, and store; (3) prepare marijuana cigarettes and related products; and (4) distribute marijuana, marijuana cigarettes and cannabinoids, and other related products for research and other Government programs upon NIDA authorization.
Offerors must possess suitable and secure DEA approved outdoor and indoor growing facilities, research laboratory with appropriate analytical instruments, and experienced personnel to conduct the project tasks. Appropriate DEA approved secure facility for manufacturing of marijuana cigarettes, and their storage, and DEA Schedule I registration for marijuana and THC are essential. NIDA anticipates a 1-year with four 1 year options cost reimbursement type contract will be awarded. Additional quantity options for manufacturing cigarettes may also be required. In order to handle substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, it is mandatory that offerors possess a DEA Research Registration for Schedules II to V and demonstrate the capability to obtain a DEA registration for Schedule I controlled substances. All studies must be carried out under pertinent FDA regulations, such as current Good Clinical Practice (cGCP) and current Good Laboratory Practice (cGLP) regulations. The pertinent FDA’s guidelines/guidance shall be followed. RFP No. N01DA-10-7773 will be available electronically on or about August 25, 2009. You can access the RFP through the FedBizOpps:
http://fbo.gov or through the NIDA website at the following address: http://www.nida.nih.gov/RFP/RFPList.html.
The electronic RFP contains all information needed to submit a proposal. No printed version of the solicitation document or source list is available. NIDA will consider proposals submitted by any responsible offeror. Proposals will be due on or about October 9, 2009. This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract. Based upon market research, the Government is not using the policies contained in Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, in its solicitation for the described supplies or services. However, interested persons may identify to the contracting officer their interest and capability to satisfy the Government’s requirement with a commercial item within 15 days of this notice.
Contracting Office Address:
6101 Executive Boulevard
Room 260 – MSC 8402
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Primary Point of Contact.:
Amy Sheib

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  1. This is very interesting. I can actually see the Ole Miss marijuana field from my apartment so I have a bit of a personal relationship to this article. While it is a bit of an honor to live next to the only government run weed farm, it is great to hear that others can get in on this.

  2. here’s an interesting tidbit one of our once great leaders…
    Dick Army. The man who made fun of Barney Frank and called him Barney Fag. Dick Army. As if he has room to make fun of someone’s name.
    He was testifying before congress on global warming…
    “We have sort of an eco-evangelical hysteria that’s going on and it leads me to almost wonder if we are becoming a nation of environmental hypochondriacs that
    are willing to use the power of the state to impose enormous restrictions on therights and the comforts of, and incomes of individuals who serve essentially a
    paranoia, a phobia, that has very little fact– evidence in fact.”
    We could just change the “eco” to “narco” and use it against them!

  3. This government run pot farm says it all. If cannabis has no medicinal value then why is this being done? The government is talking out of both sides of it’s mouth at the same time. If prohibition were lifted medicines of all kinds could be developed and used. The lives of millions of suffers could be made a lot better. The percent of THC issue seems crazy to me. Aren’t pure forms of any medicine better than ones that contain contaminates? Whether this drug is ever legalized or not doesn’t seem to have much impact on whether it is being used by millions of people. The only ones losing out are the people that would benefit from tax revenues that could be made (that would be all of us).

  4. ya mon, you need the rasta-mon to grow the good good sincee, we all know that jamaicain is the real ting, the weed of wisdom. come to jamaica to set up your farm, and grow the right ting, jamaica grows the high grade, not the ditch weed that good old mississippi grows. that weed is only good for clothing. not the sick!!! one lov rasta

  5. Looked to me as if someone’s done raped them plants ! Come to think of it, that guy looked kind of stoned,& he kind of had ehh..ehh… that crazed far out look in his eyes, yea,He’s probably a danger to society , dont look Ethal !!!! Hey how do those gals flower if there’s constant light ? Hmm ! No medicinal value hugh !

  6. LOL the statement”If cannabis were legal, we would be out of buisness..” Is such horse shit. What just because anyone can grow it means the government would stop growing and researching it? Ya right.
    Our drug czar keeps saying cannabis has no medical value? Why the research then? Isnt the case closed? LOL
    Our drug czar says ‘smoked’ cannabis has no medical value? Then why the big tins of ‘ROLLED’ cannabis intended for SMOKING!
    Guess we are all stupid and/or too high to notice that .

  7. Just let the growers out in Cali take over and produce the medicine for everyone. They’re all producing the worlds’ best anyway. Nothing compares to the Cali green (or purple, as the case may be)

  8. What I found so funny was how this researcher at ol miss disapproved of legalization because he seems to want to be the only grower in town…sounds a little bit like he’s got some profit to loose here…Hmm, imagine that, another profiteer of the drug war against legalization…same ol song and dance puppet on a string crap!

  9. Oh yea, another thing…who are the giant cans of pre-rolled joints for anyway? How can “I” get in on some of that?

  10. It’s amusing to kid around about this but only some. This is a serious issue to most people. Yep, it’s fun to get high however the bigger and more important picture is Prohibition.
    The g’ment contradicts themselves at every level. If they’re asking for bids for research what is their REAL motivation?

  11. Dr Lyle Craker is smart and talented, and has some excellent ideas pertaining to the cultivation of cannabis on the U Mass campus. I applaud his efforts in the face of astonishing obfuscation and delays on the part of US federal officials.

  12. You can grow the bomb if you have two critical issues covered. Strain and method of growing the strain. No one can just grow grade A+ MJ though. Hemp fairly easy but getting nice buds takes finesse and critical attention skills, among other attributes. It takes a special kind of talent to get it just right. Knowing phases. Nutrient dosages during stages. Many other factors play into it’s creation. Once you discover all of the tricks of the trade then it becomes like second nature. Some have it and some don’t. Doesn’t mean you can’t learn, if your willing. People in the know don’t wanna show. It’s like a family recipe that is shred in secrecy. Happy hunting. Most of what I’ve stated can be found and is already common knowledge.

  13. smoking marijuana causes more thc to enter into your body? i thought that vapes where not only the safest, but also the most effective in transfering the thc. the govt is just trying to capitalize on both aspects of this ridiculous war. if it were legalized, like we all know it should be, then this govt run program could just sell the product as well as do research. the legalization of this plant wouldnt mean that we shouldnt study it. thats horrible reasoning. we should constantly be learning what else we can do with this amazing gift on earth. the percent of thc in these high potency strains should be of no concern to the govt, cuz they regulate and make a pill thats all thc. wtf kinda reasoning is that? they cant even win an argument against themselves, how are they still winning this war?
    peace, love and ganjauana.

  14. do you think they let all the military and or federal agents who fail a piss test, run security on a place like this? after all, recycling is the way to go!

  15. From what I saw of their “plants” I’d say they’re over-fertilizing and the lights were too dim. Leaves were curling, growth looked spindly, etc. How can they say its high grade MJ? I also thought the “drums of pot” looked like my trimmings that I’d toss in the garbage or make hash out of. The THC has probably all decomposed by now. I never saw a bud, just powdery shit. I’m sorry but the average pot grower in this country accidentally grows better weed than that.

  16. I_ was always a rec user, but now due to a stroke, I qualify for med mj if Illinois passesthe medical mj law part of the way there!

  17. You’re getting put out of business El Sohly! It’s just a matter of time. Your monopoly and whatever secret deals you have made for pharmaceuticals with buds in D.C., lobbyists, and cronies ought to be made the property of Ole Miss so you can kiss the millions good bye! Hello U of Mass. Spread the knowledge around, and send them all your research, too.
    Yes, any adult should be allowed to grow cannabis. Any adult can grow tobacco, and you don’t see people raiding the tobacco fields. Prohibition created a costly monster.
    Prohibitionists have lost. It’s just a matter of how much public money they want to continue to piss away to prolong it by keeping scaring old people, naive children and clueless parents.
    Keep running the economy into the ground until cannabis is legalized.

  18. I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason they are doing this is so they can say “see there is no monopoly on who can grow marijuana” meanwhile they are hand picking the new place to grow it, and I’d be willing to bet they are going to make sure it is a place that has no interest in proving anything positive about cannabis.
    Here’s some more interesting info about the guy running the current monopoly.
    “That brings us back to Dr. ElSohly, who has had an exclusive contract with NIDA for nearly 40 years. His contract calls for studies that aim to show the bad effects of marijuana abuse. So you know the mind-set there. Several well-known researchers who want to research medical marijuana have been denied.
    So what is our top marijuana-dealer, Dr. ElSohly, doing with his U.S. government monopoly on cannabis research? Funny you should ask. He’s working with Mallinckrodt, a British company with offices throughout the United States, to develop a plant-extract form of Marinol.
    This has brought him under fire by Americans for Safe Access who charge him with “benefiting from such a monopoly by financially profiting from the research and sale of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.”
    Yes, the good doctor has been busy and he’s also patented a suppository containing THC hemisuccinate, which breaks down into THC when absorbed by the body. Frankly, I don’t see this as a popular delivery system. Just a hunch.”

  19. well meen no bout ayo but in the USVI(United states virgin island) ganja does somke fron sun too sun down and the economy is thriving and has been thriving for as along AS I HAVE KNOWN and i mean a long time cause i bunnin high grade from 3rd grade

  20. #20 jim Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    “The U.S. gov’t is using this just
    to further the prohibition on marijuana.”

    RE: Jim,
    You ARE correct.
    The present gov’t grow-facility is for the
    National Instittute on Drug Abuse.
    Consider that their ultimate “research-bias” is primarily to
    “prove HARMS”, not to “discover benefits / efficacy”…of pot…

    #22 moldy Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    “From what I saw of their “plants” I’d say they’re
    over-fertilizing and the lights were too dim.
    Leaves were curling, growth looked spindly, etc.
    How can they say its high grade MJ?
    I also thought the “drums of pot” looked like my trimmings
    that I’d toss in the garbage or make hash out of.
    The THC has probably all decomposed by now.
    I never saw a bud, just powdery shit.
    I’m sorry but the average pot grower in this country
    accidentally grows better weed than that.”

    RE: Moldy,
    – At least they don’t include the pollen-rich, male plants,
    (according to the video, anyway…).
    – This is why Univ. of Massachusetts Prof. Lyle Craker,
    a medicinal plant horticulturist, has been trying to establish
    a DEA-licensed cannabis research farm to supply researchers
    interested in medical cannabis R & D.
    (to no avail…and much DEA “foot-dragging” reluctance…).
    – Univ. of Mississippi Mega-Schwag Marijuana MONOPOLY
    needs competition, or better yet, USURPTION, by
    Univ. of Massachusetts Medical-Grade Cannabis Research!!!

    #26 massmang Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason they are doing this is
    so they can say “see there is no monopoly on who can grow marijuana”
    meanwhile they are hand picking the new place to grow it,
    and I’d be willing to bet they are going to make sure it is a place that has
    no interest in proving anything positive about cannabis.”

    RE: massmang,
    – I hope you are wrong about this,
    (and would also venture to say),
    that you hope you’re
    wrong about this too!!!

  21. why would the government do all this if they believe that it should remain in schedule 1? I don’t see the gov making other drugs and testing like that. Or giving it away for research. How can they really say it’s so bad and do all this? if it’s so bad why bother? and when was it so bad to feel better when you’re sick. I bet if aprin gave a buzz, we’d hear in the commercials,”makes you FEEL happier too” jeez..

  22. Ita all a scam, they say there is no medical value yet they send out those same can to 4 people monthly for medicine. How can they do this and how come the public isnt calling foul, lies or cheats! Is all a farse they want control of a group of people US and they use it to keep us down by arresting and punishing us! Every true American should be pissed that we are still fighting this War on Drugs based on lies! We went to War in Iraq based on lies, we know this and we are getting out. Why cant we do the same in the failed war on drugs, we all should be demanding it!

  23. I suppose LSD never even made the scene in the sixties… What morons. Sorry, but pot is hardly a big deal! Everything is addictive because most humans are addicted to one thing or another.
    This guys job relies on marijuana being illegal for the only place in the United States to grow it legally.
    Do some work exposing marijuana’s special interests for keeping marijuana illegal!
    [Editor’s note: For nearly 40 years NORML has been exposing the interests that favor cannabis prohibition over reform. Some quick examples: check out the June 30, 2008 NORML blog post, notably the ‘Five Pillars of Pot Prohibition‘, or a report that looks who funds anti-cannabis p.r. efforts.]

  24. 32 NeuroGenesis1:29
    Isn’t ringing in the ears the sound of blood flow and pressure?

    The U.S. Government…can’t even run itself, let alone a grow farm. By the way…if anyone doesn’t think that government doesn’t run every aspect of our lives right now…government will “own us body and soul” if “socialized medicine” passes. I for one, am NOT a piece of putty in anyone’s hands…but my own.

    August 13th, 2009 at 7:57 am
    32 NeuroGenesis1:29
    Isn’t ringing in the ears the sound of blood flow and pressure?
    – That can be one of the reasons….
    in this instance, ringing is
    (a REVERSIBLE-CONDITION, fortunately!!!),
    caused by inhibiting
    the motor protein of
    the outer hair-cells
    of the inner-ear’s cochlea.

    GO GREEN———–

  28. Is there any way to get documentation of the research that they have done over the last 41 years? The only thing I heard was that they made a suppository and that “research is clear marijuana is an addictive drug.” That doesn’t sound like a recent conclusion. I’m concerned that they’ve not used their resources wisely. It seems like opening up research to a broader group of organizations is very much in order.

  29. I know two of the four Federal legal medical cannabis recipients, Irv Rosnefeld, visit him @ http://www.potluckrx.com, and Elvy Musikka visit her @
    Both of them have been receiving thier medical grade cannabis from this facility for years, I cannot speak for them but I have never heard any complaints.
    Also here is an email that I sent to Dr. Lyle Craker and his reply:
    Ray DiPasquale wrote:
    > Dear Dr. Craker,
    > I am contacting you in wishing you the best in your quest for research in cannabis.
    I have had unfortunately a tussle with the federal government and the DEA in 1993 because of my horticulture interests in cannabis which I exercised for many years.
    > I have found cannabis very useful during the course of my life.
    > I currently use cannabis for Chronic Myofascial Pain, without the side effects of prescribed medications, the only side effect I suffer from cannabis is arrest. Over the years, I have associated with many people in the medical cannabis movement.
    > I personally know Elvy Musikka and Irv Rosenfeld, two of the 4 legal cannabis patients in the U.S.
    > If there is anything that I can help you with or anybody in the movement that can please feel free to contact me as we all are in this for the good of all not for fame or fortune.
    > I do appreciate you time and again all the best in regards to your quest.
    > Sincerely,
    > Ray DiPasquale
    Dear Mr. DiPasquale:
    Many thanks for your words of support, I really appreciate. We must continue to keep the pressure on the DEA and other government organizations to recognize the medical benefits of this plant. I urge people to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to support our effort to legally study this plant material.
    My best wishes.
    Lyle Craker

  30. Just a thought – if the government has shitty weed, it must be “less potent” than black market or dispensary weed. So, therefore, it’s easy for prohibitionists to say that pot has become “more potent” in the last 20 years or so. I’ve heard that the weed given to the Elvy Musikka and Irv Rosenfeld, two of the 4 legal cannabis by the government is old and of lower potency.
    Come to think of it, that would also support the prohibitionists’ claim that smoking marijuana causes cancer, because you have to consume more of it.
    The U.S. government is making fun of cannabis consumers with this program.

  31. how many overdoses have people incountered from marijuana? o. how many people feind and go crazy when they come down off pot? 0 it isnt addictive. i only smoke the better stuff i can get every once in a while just to chill and just feel good. its not bad for you at all. this dude is a dumbass.

  32. Dear America, Does this story really surprise you? Since the invasion of this land and take-over by the invaders, we citizens have been lied to by almost everyone but, especially our own GOVERNMENT. Our parents lied to us about Santa. Our teachers lied to us by the “discovery” of this land by Columbus, our partners-male or female, lied to us about their past, Politicians are chronic, habitual, hypocritical liars. WE ARE LIED TO CONSTANTLY. After all of the pain and suffering millions of people have endured, after all of the property stolen from us by the “Zero Tolerance” law, do you really think Marijuana, for any reason medical or not, will truly be legalized? I hope so. So much money is made from keeping drugs illegal, I really doubt it. Does one have to be dying to get relief from this amazing plant? It depends on where you live. I take hand-fulls of Morphine for pain relief. This was easy for me to get as I really suffer from chronic pain. But, Medical grade Cannabis works even better. My sex-life is almost non-exsistent, I am physically addicted(I have been taking Morphine for 12 yrs. now) and am no different from a street junkie other than I live better, don’t commit crimes, and my supply is consistant and sanitary. My dealer wears a white smock as opposed to filthy clothes, and I don’t fear legal problems. At the end of the day, if I do not have my meds. I will get very sick and probably have to be hospitalized. So, what do you think? I would really love to hear your comments. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I just want the truth to be told, THAT”S ALL! And in this country, I honestly don’t think this is possible.

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