The US federal government is finally moving to expand their production of research grade marijuana.
For the past 50 years, a single cannabis farm located at the University of Mississippi has been the only farm licensed by the federal government to provide marijuana for research purposes. However, that seems to be set to change, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has begun looking for another cannabis grower to help them increase their production. Hopeful applicants will have to be capable of "production of up to 2000 kg of marijuana" and storing a whopping "5000 kg of marijuana stock."
The federal government's past reluctance to expand their production of research grade cannabis has been the subject of criticism from the scientific community. Additionally, it has been suggested that the quality of the cannabis coming out of the University of Mississippi facility hasn't really been up to par with the kind of products research expect to be able to access. While the addition of a second federal marijuana producers will certainly help rectify the short supply of research-grade cannabis, it is not yet clear if it will also improve the quality of products.
The new facility will be expected to produce cannabis with various concentrations of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids and implement both indoor and outdoor growing facilities. They must also be able to produce other common consumption forms of marijuana, such as concentrates for vaporizers and oil extracts.
It looks like those people NIDA are hiring to roll joints are going to have a lot of work on their hands.
H/T: Marijuana Moment