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U.S.: DEA Wants More Than 30x The Amount of Research Marijuana It Originally Requested


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Monday said it needs hundreds of pounds of marijuana for research this year, more than 30 times the amount of cannabis it originally ordered for 2014.

The DEA accordingly adjusted its annual production quota of marijuana for the U.S. government, which is grown on The University of Mississippi's campus at Oxford, reports Pete Kasperowicz at The Blaze.

Ole Miss pot is used exclusively by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct research on marijuana, but don't expect any studies on the medicinal benefits of cannabis. The NIDA, by definition, refuses to fund any studies looking for medical uses, but instead will only authorize studies which look for the harms of marijuana.

Despite what The Blaze reported -- that the NIDA pot was for "medical marijuana research" -- the agency "does not fund research focused on the potential medical benefits of marijuana," an NIDA spokesperson told The New York Times in 2010. "As the National Institute on Drug Abuse, our focus is primarily on the negative consequences of marijuana use," NIDA spokeswoman told the Times.

Texas: Army Veteran Loses Gun Rights For 1971 Misdemeanor Marijuana Conviction


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Army veteran who retired in 1993 after 20 years of military service is fighting to restore his Second Amendment rights after learning when trying to buy a gun that he can't own one -- due to a marijuana misdemeanor from 42 years ago.

Ron Kelly was in high school when he got busted for pot in 1971, reports Cheryl K. Chumley at The Washington Times.

Kelly said he'd forgotten all about the pot charge when he tried to buy a .22 rifle at the Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas. But the clerk told him he didn't pass the computerized background check, reports Dane Schiller at the Houston Chronicle.

Federal law, specifically the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, says that any person convicted of a crime -- even a misdemeanor -- that carries the potential for two years in jail can be denied gun ownership, The Blaze's Jason Howerton reports.

Kelly said he he'd spent the night in jail back in 1971, and served a year of probation. He didn't know he'd lost his gun rights, and meanwhile, he estimated he'd fired more than 100,000 rounds while serving in the Army infantry.

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