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$68 Million Marijuana Research Contract Awarded to University of Mississippi

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

The National Institute of Health (NIH) will hand over nearly $70 million dollars to the University of Mississippi’s marijuana research lab, which since 1968, has been the only academic entity permitted to grow pot under the auspices of the U.S. government. The recent contract provides for Ole Miss to increase the number of plants it is growing to 30,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. This stash, grown on 12 acres of campus land, is the only official source of pot available for researchers testing marijuana for medical purposes.

While the government appears to be interested in developing new methods for growing plants that contain a variety of different levels of THC and cannabidiol, researchers complain about the lack of access and unreasonable scrutiny they experience in pursuing their work. To get anything from the Ole Miss project, researcher must first be approved by the DEA and, in some cases, a separate panel with a representative from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) must also sign off on the project.

“It is a bizarre situation,” said Orrin Devinsky, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. “The DEA is acting like this is 1935 and cannabis is this extremely dangerous substance.”

Researchers are hoping that President Obama’s possible rescheduling of marijuana might open the door to more access and more studies around the country.

A NIDA spokeswoman told TIME last August that the agency was starting a new bidding competition for the government contract because the current one was set to expire in 2015. On Monday, officials announced that the exclusive deal with Ole Miss would continue. 

Source: http://www.hightimes.com/read/68-million-marijuana-research-contract-awarded-university-mississippi


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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.

Last May, after people began getting sick from edible marijuana products, the state of Colorado began requiring all products to be tested. Washington has mandated testing too, with a detailed checklist of items to analyze, including potency, contaminants, moisture and microbiology.

Marijuana testing is a new phenomenon. Even though people have been purchasing medical marijuana in Washington since 1998, the state never mandated testing until it approved recreational marijuana in 2013. Other states are still in the process of building a list of requirements for marijuana testing

Each state has licensed private labs to analyze the products; they charges manufacturers a fee. Consumers can find some parts of the results, such as potency, printed on packaging, while others are available by request. And the lab must be independent from the producer and manufacturer; there's no in-house testing like there is in the cigarette industry.

 

So what are labs looking for? First, it's important that manufacturers and producers show how potent the weed is, kind of like printing the alcohol content on a bottle label.

Read More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/24/395065699/quality-testing-legal-marijuana-strong-but-not-always-clean


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Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, March, 24th 2015 by THCFinder


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Hemp Research Bill Heads To New Mexico Governor's Desk

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 24th 2015 by THCFinder
 

federal farm bill hemp amendment researchHemp reform is sweeping the country, with almost every state in America either allowing it now, or exploring the idea of allowing hemp cultivation in one form or another. New Mexico is on the list of states that are on the verge of passing hemp reform, albeit for research purposes. Both chambers of New Mexico’s Legislature have signed off on the hemp research bill, and the legislation now goes to New Mexico’s Governor where it’s expected to be signed into law. Per New Mexico Political Report:

A bill that would allow research into the growth of industrial hemp passed the House and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

The House passed the bill on wide bipartisan vote, 54-12.

There was very little debate on the bill that would allow New Mexico State University and the state Department of Agriculture to grow hemp for research purposes.

Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, carried the bill on the floor. He had carried a similar bill on the House side.

“This is strictly research and development,” Maestas said.

Even thought this bill is just for research purposes, I’m confident that it will lead to full legalization. I can’t fathom what their research would turn up that would stop that from eventually happening. Hemp is a very versatile plant, and I can’t wait to see what is learned from the research that will eventually be conducted in New Mexico.

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com/hemp-research-bill-heads-to-new-mexico-governors-desk/


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