Want To Run The US Government’s Marijuana Grow Farm?

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director August 8, 2009

    While the government contract to date has been pro forma–the University of Mississippi/Oxford has won the contract every year since the late 1960s and MAPS’ and Prof. Lyle Craker’s successful lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to effectively break Ol’ Miss’ monopoly on cultivating cannabis for research and approximately five Compassionate IND patients, and allow the University of Massachusetts/Amherst to cultivate research and therapeutic grade cannabis, is being appealed by DEA–competition can only help science, and the free market place of ideas and research.

    Production, Analysis, & Distribution of Cannabis & Marijuana Cigarettes
    Solicitation Number: N01DA-10-7773
    Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: National Institutes of Health
    Location: National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Added: Aug 05, 2009 9:03 am
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations having the capability to (1) grow, harvest, analyze, store and distribute GMP grade cannabis (marijuana) on large and small scales; (2) extract cannabis to obtain purified phytocannabinoids including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), analyze, and store; (3) prepare marijuana cigarettes and related products; and (4) distribute marijuana, marijuana cigarettes and cannabinoids, and other related products for research and other Government programs upon NIDA authorization.

    Offerors must possess suitable and secure DEA approved outdoor and indoor growing facilities, research laboratory with appropriate analytical instruments, and experienced personnel to conduct the project tasks. Appropriate DEA approved secure facility for manufacturing of marijuana cigarettes, and their storage, and DEA Schedule I registration for marijuana and THC are essential. NIDA anticipates a 1-year with four 1 year options cost reimbursement type contract will be awarded. Additional quantity options for manufacturing cigarettes may also be required. In order to handle substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, it is mandatory that offerors possess a DEA Research Registration for Schedules II to V and demonstrate the capability to obtain a DEA registration for Schedule I controlled substances. All studies must be carried out under pertinent FDA regulations, such as current Good Clinical Practice (cGCP) and current Good Laboratory Practice (cGLP) regulations. The pertinent FDA’s guidelines/guidance shall be followed. RFP No. N01DA-10-7773 will be available electronically on or about August 25, 2009. You can access the RFP through the FedBizOpps:

    http://fbo.gov or through the NIDA website at the following address: http://www.nida.nih.gov/RFP/RFPList.html.

    The electronic RFP contains all information needed to submit a proposal. No printed version of the solicitation document or source list is available. NIDA will consider proposals submitted by any responsible offeror. Proposals will be due on or about October 9, 2009. This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract. Based upon market research, the Government is not using the policies contained in Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, in its solicitation for the described supplies or services. However, interested persons may identify to the contracting officer their interest and capability to satisfy the Government’s requirement with a commercial item within 15 days of this notice.

    Contracting Office Address:
    6101 Executive Boulevard
    Room 260 – MSC 8402
    Bethesda, Maryland 20892
    Primary Point of Contact.:
    Amy Sheib

    47 responses to “Want To Run The US Government’s Marijuana Grow Farm?”

    1. Preston says:

      I would like me one of them bins

    2. The Cheese Man says:

      This is very interesting. I can actually see the Ole Miss marijuana field from my apartment so I have a bit of a personal relationship to this article. While it is a bit of an honor to live next to the only government run weed farm, it is great to hear that others can get in on this.

    3. Justin says:

      “we have very good high quality materials” YEA RIGHT LOL looks like low end regs to me…

    4. nudbuggets says:

      Sounds like they really need someone to roll some doobies.

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    6. Samuel Taylor says:

      here’s an interesting tidbit one of our once great leaders…

      Dick Army. The man who made fun of Barney Frank and called him Barney Fag. Dick Army. As if he has room to make fun of someone’s name.

      He was testifying before congress on global warming…

      “We have sort of an eco-evangelical hysteria that’s going on and it leads me to almost wonder if we are becoming a nation of environmental hypochondriacs that
      are willing to use the power of the state to impose enormous restrictions on therights and the comforts of, and incomes of individuals who serve essentially a
      paranoia, a phobia, that has very little fact– evidence in fact.”

      We could just change the “eco” to “narco” and use it against them!

    7. Anonymous says:

      This government run pot farm says it all. If cannabis has no medicinal value then why is this being done? The government is talking out of both sides of it’s mouth at the same time. If prohibition were lifted medicines of all kinds could be developed and used. The lives of millions of suffers could be made a lot better. The percent of THC issue seems crazy to me. Aren’t pure forms of any medicine better than ones that contain contaminates? Whether this drug is ever legalized or not doesn’t seem to have much impact on whether it is being used by millions of people. The only ones losing out are the people that would benefit from tax revenues that could be made (that would be all of us).

    8. Rasta says:

      ya mon, you need the rasta-mon to grow the good good sincee, we all know that jamaicain is the real ting, the weed of wisdom. come to jamaica to set up your farm, and grow the right ting, jamaica grows the high grade, not the ditch weed that good old mississippi grows. that weed is only good for clothing. not the sick!!! one lov rasta

    9. steveyboy says:

      Looked to me as if someone’s done raped them plants ! Come to think of it, that guy looked kind of stoned,& he kind of had ehh..ehh… that crazed far out look in his eyes, yea,He’s probably a danger to society , dont look Ethal !!!! Hey how do those gals flower if there’s constant light ? Hmm ! No medicinal value hugh !

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