The federal government plans to give marijuana research a big boost this year by growing two tons of cannabis for scientific study.
For years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have pledged to increase the amount of cannabis grown for research purposes. Now they’re finally putting those words into action. Last week, NIDA announced plans to grow two tons (4,000 lbs.) of research-grade cannabis this year in support of federally approved cannabis studies. That’s the most cannabis they’ve grown in the past five years.
While the increase in cannabis supply is a win for cannabis researchers, there is one disappointing caveat to this news. All of the government-approved marijuana will be sourced from a single cultivation site: the University of Mississippi, which has long been criticized for producing sub-par crops that aren’t reflective of what consumers are actually using.
For 50 years, the University