U.S.: DEA Wants More Than 30x The Amount of Research Marijuana It Originally Requested
By Steve Elliott
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.
So while some lawmakers continue to call for "more studies on medical marijuana" before new laws are passed, the chief federal agency charged with researching marijuana is refusing to even look at its medical applications. These public officials are tragically letting political ideology -- not medical science -- determine health decisions for millions of Americans.
The NIDA has ramped up its research, desperate to find something -- ANYTHING! -- to stem the powerful tide of marijuana legalization which is sweeping across the U.S. and the globe. As public pressure grows to legalize, beleaguered federal agencies like the NIDA and the DEA -- which depend on the War on Marijuana for a big chunk of their tax-funded budgets -- need talking points to "justify" their untenable position.
That means that suddenly the Feds think they need a lot more pot than they thought they would need. What with legalization in Colorado and Washington, the Reefer Madness becoming endangered, and they just don't want it to go away. These Drug Warriors want people to fear the weed.
The DEA had originally set a production quota of just 21 kilograms of marijuana -- just over 46 pounds of pot -- for 2014. The new request bumps that quota all the way up to 650 kg, or 1,430 pounds.
The DEA claimed the production increase is needed to ensure the NIDA has enough marijuana on which to conduct its research, i.e., trying to find bad things marijuana does.
"NIDA recently notified the DEA that it required additional supplies of marijuana to be manufactured in 2014 to provide for current and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana," the new DEA rule states. "The DEA was unaware of NIDA's additional need at the time the initial aggregate production quote for marijuana was established in September 2013."
“The aggregate production quote for marijuana should be increased in order to provide a continuous and uninterrupted supply of marijuana in support of DEA-registered researchers who are approved by the Federal Government to utilize marijuana in their research protocols," the DEA statement reads.
The government can name an amount and get however much marijuana it needs. The citizens of the United States enjoy no such luxury, given that cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Many Democrats want the Obama Administration to take pot off that list, with even some Republicans supporting such a policy change.
Photo: NIDA Marijuana Project at The University of Mississippi