Federal Government To Increase Its Supply Of Marijuana For Clinical Research

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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  1. Someone please enlighten me. Is there only one strain avaailable for any group to do research with, is it forbiden to use any other cannabis source?

    [Paul Armentano responds: All FDA-approved clinical trials must utilize U-Miss cannabis, as provided by NIDA. The cannabis itself has specific, standardized cannabinoid potencies, including zero percent THC (placebo). Strains of varying potencies are available depending on the cultivation quotas in place at that time.]

  2. This is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. They need to stop LYING and take it OFF SCHEDULE 1!! Medical use has been PROVEN time and time again. It is *criminal* for them to continue to arrest, fine, and imprison American citizens for a schedule 1 drug when it is a LIE!! #OS1NOW

  3. Big shit!

    #1 What if the weed is shit or only one particular kind? If it’s shitweed you might as well use Mexican brick weed off the street. If it’s just one kind with basically one ratio of THC to CBD it’s useless. The public is way ahead of the feds already.

    #2 Clinical trials take freakin’ years! This shit should have been started back in the 1970s instead of Tricky Dick cranking up the war on drugs. Who the hell wants to wait for clinical trials when you know cannabis can help you NOW!?

  4. I think it’s long overdue and about time. I am an advocate for the full legalization of Marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older. I have depression, have all my life, diagnosed when I was 16 years old. I have tried almost every anti-depressant known to man and nothing works. Marijuana is the ONLY thing that helps with this. I feel NORMAL, not HIGH. I don’t feel lazy, in fact I feel I can do more and not be intoxicated as I am fully aware of my surroundings and what I am doing, believe me or not, I know how I feel. Yet, Alcohol is accepted and tolerated more than a Medicine like Marijuana is, which I believe is ridiculous. Your basically saying it’s OK to drink (example: bars, sell of beer, advertisements, driving under the legal limit, ect…) This has NO medicinal purposes and kills people more and more each year, but yet, Marijuana which NO ONE has ever died from smoking or ingesting is ILLEGAL in Pennsylvania? WHY? I don’t even consider Marijuana a DRUG, it is a NATURAL PLANT that is grown from the ground. CIGARETTES are even more dangerous, but yet they are also legal, don’t get me wrong I smoke and drink on occasion, but my God the Federal Government of the United States needs to WAKE UP, especially my hometown of Pennsylvania and put an age limit on it and allow it. I’m not saying it’s ok to drive high or even to consume in public, but what I am saying is it SHOULD be regulated like alcohol. I prey that the legalization in CO, WA will spread across the entire nation within the next couple years if not SOONER. I believe that it is time to let the citizens of this great nation do what they want or need to do in their own personal lives, no I do not believe any other drug as in, coke, meth, heroin, crack should be legal, this is a definite, but Marijuana? Yes.

  5. @Paul Armentano
    Thank you for getting that or us. I’m amazed that with that narrow of a selection pool that any good work can be done. Also if I could bend your ear just a bit more, Do you know if it is allowed during approved trails to tamper with the cannabinoid levels of the supplied cannabis? The reason I ask is that with only one flavor to choose from for all of the many research areas now under consideration, it’s only going to produce incomplete(narrow) results. One surely wouldn’t use “Charlettes Web” to study Stimulating Appetite no more than one would “OG Kush” for anti-epileptc research.

    [Paul Armentano responds: NIDA typically has plants with a variety of cannabinoid ratios available.]

  6. Hey I am a graduate student in the school of pharmacy at ole miss. I was wondering is this expansion going to be here? I am right down the hall from the indoor marijuana garden (I cannot set foot in there obviously) and was just wondering if it was going to be expanded on our campus specifically, or if they are gonna allow it to be grown elsewhere as well. There is a new building almost completed that could probably house all of this.

    [Paul Armentano responds: Only the University of Mississippi location is federally licensed to engage in cannabis cultivation.]

  7. I thought Schedule 1 meant testing is illegal?

    [Paul Armentano responds: No. But it does mean that clinical trials are restricted to those protocols approved by FDA, PHS, DEA, and NIDA. And the trials must use NIDA’s cannabis supply.]

  8. @Paul, THANKS MAN!!
    Screw CNN, now THIS is reporting!
    Sooooo… Question; Is there any coorelation between increased production authority for cannabis by the DEA at Ol’ Miss and an increasingly controlled demand from a restricted supply of hardly-effective, high-in-CBD strains of marijuana for epileptic patients? If the DEA has legal access to all varieties of the cannabis herb, why are epileptic children being neglected by current DEA drug policy?
    Im just sayin’; I can smell a conspiracy; A ‘dog in the manger’ of cannabis if you will.

  9. “Big Pharma” owns the FDA, they don’t want you to use anyone else’s drugs but their’s. Look at the case of Dr Stanislaw Burzynski, he is not only a doctor, he is also a scientist, in his earlier
    practice he found a way to cure babies with brain cancer. The radiation fries their brain. He was successful at curing children with brain cancer.
    The FDA try to indict him 6 times and failed.
    Dr Burzynski; just watch the video.

    “Big Pharma” doesn’t want us to take anyone else’s
    drugs but theirs.” They don’t want any one to mess up their lively hood.
    They did the same thing with marijuana.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/prescription/hazard/independent.html

  10. Like they weren’t keeping way more than that to entrap people and steal their belongings.

  11. It’s obvious that rescheduling will not happen until our President has support from the majority of our Congress, which he currently does not have.

    If you are 18 thru 80 this may just be the most important election of your life. Imagine a mid-term election with the ability to stack the deck in favor of removing marijuana from schedule 1.

    The ability to research, grow, manufacture, sell, and consume cannabis and hemp would be available to all Americans and American businesses.

    Colleges could have whole degrees based around this commodity (Go Oaksterdam!), prisons would breathe a sigh of relief, police would be better utilized, farmers would see an industrial rebirth, adults and children would have safe medically accepted access to a product safer than aspirin.

    Marijuana Prohibition is nothing more than a 1930s racist law intended to lock up people of color. It was never designed to protect us, it was designed to keep our population segregated.

    As for the gateway theory I call BULLSHIT. Many people choose harder drugs than marijuana for two reasons,
    1. Marijuana stays in our system longer than cocaine and drug testing will find it long after you use it.
    2. Pot stinks, it’s an easy giveaway when you stash or use it, heroin and meth are easier to hide.

    Tax, regulate, and allow the research to continue. VOTE, reschedule cannabis and get hemp off that list!

    Jobs, jobs, jobs, medicine, food, rope, sail cloth, clothing, salad dressing, fiber, building supplies, paper, yarn, pet food.

  12. It’s high time for legalization to progress at the federal level. Cannabis needs to be removed from the Schedule altogether.

    This topic has been virtually absent from the Sunday morning squawk shows, which generally handle neoconservative chicken hawk war mongering topics such as Ukraine, Syria, Benghazi and rehashing the Affordable Care Act and other inside the belchway echo chamber partisan politics, which it seems the networks deem balanced so long as both political parties are represented.

    David Gregory’s ratings are lagging, and he’s on NBC. So change your peacock to a cannabis leaf and embrace the green. Meet the Depressed needs the ratings boost from advocating marijuana legalization like a constant drumbeat for a segment every single Sunday morning. Get Trish Regan on for some eye candy for the frumpy old fart Republicans who will be the prohibitionists. Get Dr. Gupta, Dr. Tashkin and other pro-cannabis medical professionals. And of course, keep beating that ca$h kettle drum by having spots and people from Colorado making money like crazy…spots on all the good the state is putting the money to, i.e. public education, pension bailouts, highway, infrastructure, tax breaks for (big) business subsidized by cannabis revenues. Look to the future, Washington state, Dr. Kleiman, making asses out of the prohibitionists in states who have or want only high CBD cannabis legal.

    Show jobs, jobs, jobs, money being made, illegal income being taken away from drug cartels, positive aspects of separating the soft drugs market (cannabis) from the hard drugs market, and always play for sympathy for MMJ patients and they shouldn’t be allowed to suffer just because some asshole politicians are afraid some adult recreational marijuana user might be able to get high, you know, along the lines of what Russ Bellville was writing about, you know. It just needs to be legal, at least not illegal at the federal level, and let the states decide. Piss on international treaties forbidding it. The U.S. didn’t give a rat’s ass about international treaties when it came to invading Iraq and waterboarding and other shit that IS TORTURE but that they redefined as fucking enhanced interrogation techniques. Yeah, they didn’t care about international law then, damn prohibitionists, but when it comes to cannabis they suddenly do. In Pennsylvania and other states they don’t give a shit about gambling addictions and want to legalize Internet gambling but when it comes to cannabis they’re all concerned about addiction as if cannabis were crack or something.

    Get your ass in gear, Gregory. I want pro-cannabis topics on your show every week, and I want to see your ratings up, and I want to see NBC stock go UP!

  13. “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. “

    They use the term “manufactured.”

    Really?

    Cannabis, the first plant cultivated, the source of the agrarian revolution, is given permission to be “manufactured” by these people over here. People in the real world are told they can’t have anything to do with the plant, on pain of being caged or robbed, by procedure, for a non-crime. A non-crime.

    And these arbitrary, NIDA-life bureaucratic agencies, have the privilege of controlling a basic commodity from the entire populace. They’re also biased, it’s their job to be so.

    Manufacturing the cannabis plant? To most normal people, the correct term is to g r o w a plant.

  14. This will take forever to research cannabis unless it is decentralized as much as possible to create new strains/discoveries.

  15. Great information…I think the increase in “supply” will go a long way to facilitate the indroduction of Medical Marijuana to the people. The Fact that MMJ “reduces intraocular eye pressure thereby preventing “Glaucoma; a leading eye disease” is “proof” medical marijuana has medicinal value; so when the US gov says “MMJ no medicinal value”; the us gov. is “lying through their teeth”…so much for “Uncle Sam!

  16. As a “recovering anorexic” I find Medical Marijuana to be “the only medicine which cures my ills”; I have tried everything else; and time after time: medical marijuana is “the one medicine which gives me appetite and promotes healty appetite and health image.

    I get overly thin being an Vegetarian I think.

  17. comment: with the Medical Marijuana I maintain a Healthy lifestyle and weight; I have been using MMJ for over 40 yrs. with great success; however: I have spent a fortune on this weed and my money is running out; so I intend to apply for a Clinical Trial; so I can get my supply and not go bankrupt because after all Health is Weatlh !@

    ps Marinol is about $500 for 30 freakin caps !
    why I ask you why is the cost of MMJ so high ?

    I spend more on MMJ a month than i do on Rent!

    this has got to stop!!!clincial trial or bust!

  18. Million Marijuna March Washington D.C. 2015

    TO CHEMIST: go to the Dr. Mahumud ElSohly page and reasearch he and his collegues about
    Gluacoma; Appetite; They have a MMJ Department

    I will post the webpages when I can…to Jimmy
    yeah grow the plant; to Oracle Right ! to bob Right ! to everyone right ! Million MJ March @

    time has come today! time time time time time!
    “no more time to lose !!! time is of the essence! time keeps on slippin into the future

  19. @Bob

    Decentralization is key to research progress. Centralized cannabis supply is also key for the prohibition industrial mechanisms to slow the progress of medical and recreational legislation. For our government to behave in this manner and expect the american people to just carry on with life as if nothing is wrong is just stupid. To my knowledge the FDA and NIDA have never required their centralized control of any substance for clinical trials. (Someone please correct me if I’m in error here. I would like to know if there’s some I’ve missed over the years.)

  20. Sugar is worse for your body than Marijuana. Here is some information you might want to know.

  21. ps The good news: I have sucessfully “treated my sppetite/image disorder by using MMJ daily for over 25 years…!!! This herb balances my appetite so I do not go on “vegan fad diets)* (veganism is risky; can cause Vit. B12 prob.s)

    The bad news is: I am now “basically bankrupt! oh well atleast I have been healthy!

    Cost me a fortune; so I am on to a clincial trial; whichever one I can first; The war on MMJ has cost me a bundle; however; “wars have been bankrupting people for eons…! Once I get “free or low cost supply I will be all set! I can begin to save some money and “stop making street dealers rich !!!” thank you…AR

    ps There are three types of “Appetite disorder
    a. anorexia (do these jeans make me look fat?)
    b. bulimia (eat until you drop)
    c. obesity (overeating in general)

    I had “a” decades ago; not recently; I cured this thanks alot to the Medicinal MJ Herb.
    The MJ Herb is a “God-send”; works for me!anna

  22. ps One reason Sugar is bad for us is: “Sugar competes with Vitamin C in the system; thus crowding the Vitamin C out: causing depetions:

    * Dr. James Howenstein M.D. What is interesting is: Dr. Howenstein (Costa Rica); wrote many books on Nutrition and was “cited by the FDA while Dr. Jim was in his eighties”!
    Anna

  23. you can never prove to me that our government is just now starting testing on cannabis. they already know all about it. they are just dragging all this out to appease big corporation for as long as possible. the need is real but the process is pure bullshit!!!.I have lost total trust in our government….

  24. The only testing the Govt is willing to conduct is that which shows possible harms! I don’t see this article as something that should excite us in a good way. Despite it’s numerous medical properties, they only pay for studies that show it to be bad in some way. It is stupidity at it’s worst!

  25. Right…I read today the NIDA began research
    “supplying Medical Marijuana 1968 !! 45 years!
    What you say is correct! MMJ is not new news!

    Legalize today reschedule this herb !!!

  26. @Everyone Please read

    “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts
    become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.””
    —Mahatma Gandhi

  27. I don’t know a single person, not even one, that trusts our Govt to do the right thing regarding marijuana. It is pathetic. They care only about themselves and not the people of our country they are supposed to be serving. I am almost 100% certain that the only thing any of their studies show is what they want for them to show… What a total waste…

  28. @end of the rope

    You are correct, that other research has been conducted without the say-so of the CSA drug war agencies, or a centralized group of (over twenty (20) of them, I read, book by E. Rosenthal)

    Frankly, the sort of serious, scientific research with high standards of methodology and ethics, such as performed at University institutions or teaching hospitals is the lifeblood of science and its goal of explaining things.

    Serious research that is undertaken usually has to be funded somehow, and that’s usually by grants. It is well known to researchers, especially professors seeking tenure at research institutions, that they either “publish or perish.”

    This sort of undertaking, scientific research, requires a great deal of money, mostly from grants and especially from federally-funded grants. Private donations and tuition from students is not going to cut it.

    Federally funded research grants, in terms of effectiveness are necessary, to be blunt.

    NIDA has the right to grant whether or not studies regarding Nixon’s Drug War drugs would receive federal funding. I’m pretty sure their mission statement includes something about explicitly serving to grant federal funds for research of CSA drugs or not, based on their criteria.

    From what I’ve read about their policy is to allow federal funding for research grant proposals that seeks to “find,” using science, the harm(s) of a CSA drug. But they do not allow grants for studies related to the real life benefits, or utility that drug war drugs may have.

    So they approved a study where rhesus monkeys were asphyxiated with cannabis (schwag) smoke under gas masks, for extended periods, depriving them of oxygen. to prove the harm “smoking cannabis” may cause. They approved that sort of thing. Animal torture.

    I haven’t researched NIDA, simply because I lack interest, but from my understanding, they are the troll at the bridge.

  29. The Gubment’s stuff is bunk…. Quality, not quantity. How about outsourcing private research? Maybe allow it to be done legally??? Or is that too much common sense…. Where are you at, America?

    – The People.

  30. The worst part is while the DEA profits from this limited supply of medicine, there are children suffering who need the relief of special strains of cannabis now. The DEA should be forced to watch kids having seizures next to video of their own movement of cash and prohibited marijuana. Somewhere, someone in that agency has to have a conscience. Would they not want this education and medicine legally available for their own children?

  31. yeah the NIDA “is the troll at the bridge”: I agree with that…the NIDA (natianal institute of drug abuse) are the ones who supply the Medical Marijuana to researchers; the NIDA does get monetary compensation; I read;”the NIDA gets compensated by “the kilo”.

  32. How about a cost effective and time effective means of evaluating marijuana’s usefulness? We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. There are many thousands of pages of marijuana research conducted in other countries that the dictocrats in Washington, DC refuse to recognize. Israel is a world leader in this research. Sounds like we are facing a “not invented here” syndrome.

  33. NIDA website…Anne

    http://archives.drugabuse.gov/about/organization/nacda/MarijuanaStatement.html

    “Because of international treaty agreements (Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961) which prohibit entities other than the Federal Government from legally supplying cannabis, NIDA has remained its only legal source. My Commnent: “1961 ?” ridiculous !!

    Cannabis was among the first substances to be made available through the Drug Supply Program for use by scientists conducting both nonhuman research and human research under a variety of investigational new drug protocols. It was grown through a contract with the University of Mississippi. With its establishment in 1974, NIDA became the successor to NIMH as the administrator of the cannabis contract and the sole U.S. source for legal cannabis. NIDA has continued to grow cannabis in order to provide a contamination-free source of cannabis material with consistent and predictable potency for use in biomedical research. Because of international treaty agreements (Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961) which prohibit entities other than the Federal Government from legally supplying cannabis, NIDA has remained its only legal source. These same treaty agreements as well as DEA regulations require that only the amounts of cannabis needed for medical and research purposes be produced. In addition to the contract with the University of Mississippi, NIDA also supports two contracts with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) for, among other purposes, the manufacture and distribution of standardized cannabis cigarettes.
    NIDA also supplies cannabis to seven patients under single patient so-called “compassionate use” Investigational New Drug Applications (IND). A comment: I hope to be in this IND..AR

  34. http://archives.drugabuse.gov/about/organization/nacda/MarijuanaStatement.html

    Cannabis was among the first substances to be made available through the Drug Supply Program for use by scientists conducting both nonhuman research and human research under a variety of investigational new drug protocols. It was grown through a contract with the University of Mississippi. With its establishment in 1974, NIDA became the successor to NIMH as the administrator of the cannabis contract and the sole U.S. source for legal cannabis. NIDA has continued to grow cannabis in order to provide a contamination-free source of cannabis material with consistent and predictable potency for use in biomedical research. Because of international treaty agreements (Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961) which prohibit entities other than the Federal Government from legally supplying cannabis, NIDA has remained its only legal source. These same treaty agreements as well as DEA regulations require that only the amounts of cannabis needed for medical and research purposes be produced. In addition to the contract with the University of Mississippi, NIDA also supports two contracts with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) for, among other purposes, the manufacture and distribution of standardized cannabis cigarettes.
    NIDA also supplies cannabis to seven patients under single patient so-called “compassionate use” Investigational New Drug Applications (IND).

  35. ps I did not mean to post the same article 2x!
    thank you ! summary: I predict the day will be when “Cannabinoids will be considered to be “Essential nutrient because we have Cannabinoid recpeters like Vitamin D Receptor.
    No more time to lose…signing out;A. Rockwell

  36. I dont know what is the greater hypocrisy in our nation’s drug policy;
    That the very same NIDA that prohibits research on the medicinal use of marijuana profits from its exclusive distribution, or;
    That the same Department of Health and Human Social Services that takes state custody of children if their parents so much as admit medicinal use of marijuana for themselves or their sick children is the same Department that profits from the DEA and private foster care contractors with kickbacks to close drug cases and have the children in state-sanctioned custody adopted for profit. And did I mention the same D.H.H.S. also owns the patent on cannabinoids as neuroprotectants? I wonder who profits when patent rights were sold to GW Pharmacueticals by the D.H.H.S. to make restricted supplies of expensive marijuana medicine for epilectics?
    I cant wait until Florida votes in November so we can take this evil hypocrisy to the Supreme Court.

  37. @ Julian I agree with your summation…Thanks!

    And did I mention the same D.H.H.S. also owns the patent on cannabinoids as neuroprotectants? I wonder who profits when patent rights were sold to GW Pharmacueticals by the D.H.H.S. to make restricted supplies of expensive marijuana medicine for epilectics?
    I cant wait until Florida votes in November so we can take this evil hypocrisy to the Supreme Court.

  38. @Anne and @Julian: the greater hypocrisy is that the NIDA marijuana is furnished in 900-mg $igarettes (enough for 45 single tokes) while the vast majorityof thepublic still fears “paraphernalia laws” and getting cuahg t owning or carrying a vaporizer or an extended drawtube one-hitter.

    I have seen, and expect you have seen pictures of those 900-mg $igarettes (a typical commercial $igarette has 700 mg of tobacco, an average cannqabis user rolls a 500-mg joint). Government’s givt to the tobacco industry in exchange for the $igarette TAXES?

  39. @Anne,
    While we’re waiting on Florida, at least we’ll be entertained by the prohibitionist’s propoganda reaction to Marijuana Cafés opening in Washington state this July. I wonder what the headlines will be?
    “Man Eats Marijuana Brownie in Seattle Café Then Subsequently Yell’s “Goodbye Cruel World!” Laughs Hysterically, then Jumps From Balcony Screaming, “Take My Boy Fishiiiiiiiin*“ (Splat).
    Sorry, but someone has to prepare us for the propaganda. No doubt we’re going to hear politricks like, “But we ARE passing medicinal CBD-only marijuana laws for severely epileptic children! (“So the medicine is unlicensed, outrageously expensive, micromanaged by NIDA, medically ineffective, subject to sanction by the FEDs and virtually inaccessible… but your Republican representative CARES, PEOPLE!”)
    Nullify the C.S.Act. It funds NIDA, the DEA and corrupts all branches of government by allowing the executive branch to legislate drug policy instead of doctors and patients. The C.S.Act fundementally violates at least five Constitutional Rights off the top of my head, including my right to pursue happiness. I cant light up or vaporize some marijuana in real peace knowing the sick and the poor are being imprisoned, or babies are being separated from loving homes for the profit of prohibition.
    Nullify the C.S.Act! Set the captives FREE!

  40. Pointless, They continue to only allow trials that attempt to prove negative effects of cannabis. At this point there is already far more scientific data on cannabis than there is on dangerous prescription drugs that seem to have no problem being authorized…

  41. 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.”

    “RECENT INCREASED INTEREST”

    My opinions of what those specific terms mean, to paraphrase their actual attitudes, as I have observed, follow, and yes some is creative writing. I’m not quoting anyone

    RECENT = we may stop serving as the antithesis of science, pharmacology, because intellectual dishonesty destroys our credibility entirely, especially when TV is no longer the dominant media outlet, and NIDA will be wiped out in a matter of months if we cannot exist except as a federal agency based entirely on one-sided lies.

    INCREASED = “we all knew the end would come for our easy paychecks, for well, standing around doing nothing. International financiers who want prohibition of cannabis more than any other drug, will not be able to stop the power of the states. It’s the dawn of legalization, that is clear. Pretend-work based on lies has to come to an end, eventually. We’ll now pay attention to the supermajority of the citizenry who has demanded this for a long time, throwing them a paltry bone. Yet we’ll now claim to acknowledge and prioritize their grievances as an “increase” or “something that is here now but wasn’t before.” HORSESHIOT

    “INTEREST” = there are pharma companies that have released drugs based on specious arguments, put lab animals through all sorts of torture based on frivolous theories and the speculation of bad scientists.

    It is not “recent,” and the interest has always been there, ever since the Nixon’s Shafer commission stated it should not be criminalized, it should not be a jailable offense, that cannabis has been in the pharmacopoeia from the beginning, with known medical uses, and possibly could treat cancer, as a palliative, maybe even as a curative.

    So instead of “recent increased interest,” tell the truth and say “the interest has always been there, but we ignored it, paid to lie”

  42. Apologies for garbled message (above) as time ran out on library computer: “caught” not “cuahg t”, “gift” not “givt” etc.

    The government PROMOTES ‘JOINT’ SMOKING because any other format (SUCH AS VAPORIZERS) would contradict the high-profit “$igarette format” politicians are PAID TO PROTECT. Especially when seen by children who’ve been kept ignorant, every picture of a joint is a $igarette advertisement.

    Someone please dig out the actual quote from that lady bureaucrat about only allowing negative research, I’ve seen it, they never let anything so bold-faced escape before, needs to be trumpeted, thanks @Shasta for mentioning that!

  43. I would give a lot to get an MMJ Cigarette with 45 tokes@!! All the more reason to “try for the clinical trial”; I understand the NIDA et al. use the seeds and mix all together; I like a bud smells like a pine tree; both MMJ and Pine trees have “Terpines; Terpenes are found in “Pine Tree Pitch”.
    The american indians used Pitch for chewing gum and Willow Bark which is modern Aspirin…
    how far behind us is the gov. anyway ? ps is it 4:20 pm yet? oh; 3:20 pm close enuf…puff!

  44. Question:
    Does the NIDA get their “herb supply” from “the Univeristy of Mississippi Ole Miss ?
    I have read various accounts as to the “purity; I have seen a picture of a “container brown seeds; stix; leaves mixed;
    I do not mix leaves with stix; I use for Tea; having said that I will go for the trial they do have one or two for MMJ benefits. AR Conn.
    ps Regular is good for making Brownies!!! lol

  45. i knew it, they are doing this so they can magically confirm what we’ve been screaming since the dawn of time to save face as they transition into the legalization era while they try to figure out how to profit off of it

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