Feds Ramp Up Marijuana Production at Mississippi Farm

The federal government is increasing production of cannabis tied to the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi, which is the only facility producing the plant for government-approved tests.

Researchers there are hoping to produce 30,000 new plants, which will be used primarily for medical marijuana research. One researcher at the facility is pursuing a study of cannabidiol.

The increase comes after the DEA approved plans to boost the government’s annual production of marijuana from 21 kilograms to 650 kilograms, which equates to about 1,433 pounds.

The DEA granted the facility access to more plants “in order to provide a continuous and uninterrupted supply” of cannabis for research.

The news could be seen as a positive step for the marijuana industry, since increased government testing of the plant could lead to legislation change around medical marijuana in the future.

During a recent tour of the facility, The Los Angeles Times described a bizarre scene in which confiscated marijuana is guarded “as if it were plutonium” in a steel vault. Baggies of the plant are stuffed into bankers boxes and rolled joints are crammed into large metal safety canisters.

11 comments on “Feds Ramp Up Marijuana Production at Mississippi Farm
  1. Jeff Brown on

    Guarded like it was plutonium. The National Commission on Marijuana back in the 70’s said “no sufficiently social reason, predicated on existing knowledge, justifies intrusion by the criminal justice system into the private lives of individuals who smoke marijuana.

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  2. Windy City on

    …change is around the corner. This is actually very good for the MMJ industry when the government covertly concedes that there is a qualitative medical benefit to cannabinoids(as if we didn’t know that!)…

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  3. James Torpey on

    IF the government is involved, it is NOT for any benefit other than its own…….& NO, “Windy City”, the government isn’t “conceding” anything!

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  4. James Torpey on

    “During a recent tour of the facility, The Los Angeles Times described a bizarre scene in which confiscated marijuana is guarded “as if it were plutonium” in a steel vault. Baggies of the plant are stuffed into bankers boxes and rolled joints are crammed into large metal safety canisters.”……………Does this description really invoke much hope for governmental policy enlightenment?? (It reminds me of the policies instituted in the movie “Idiocracy”.)

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  5. lgale on

    I’m worried that it’s just around the corner
    That industrial farming will follow, soy Beans, corn, and pot, wiping out the small farmer.

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  6. MimiG on

    Any government that allows drugs that kill large amounts of people every year, i.e., tobacco and alcohol, to be legal, and who keeps a medicinal plant behind bars, is criminal.

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  7. linda warren on

    Well good news that research will becoming…However th concern of soy/corn/pot…AG-Biz is valid…Anytime $$$ big-business BIG RX is involved we the 99% club will be screwed….don’t let the Banksters get a spot at the table…too many people have paid with their lives and jail/prison time for the batch of sharks to take over….LW

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  8. Anne on

    According to the Discovery Channel:
    Medical Marijuana has over 40 known medicinal qualities; one of which is “Prevents Glaucoma”.

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  9. Ray Davis on

    Some repukelicans voted for it so maybe the worm is turning. They’re circulating a petition in Okiehoma (where I live) to get MMJ on the ballot this November. 70+% favor MMJ in Okiehoma. The reddest state in the union according to repukelican propaganda. LMAO

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