The federal government runs its own pot farm and has since the late 60’s. They contract with Ole Miss to grow cannabis for use in research studies. The most recent contract was for 30,000 plants in exchange for 68 million dollars. The national institute on drug abuse (NIDA) will grow the plants through the Marijuana Research Project.
The real kicker is that researchers are only allowed to obtain cannabis with THC levels between 2% and 6.7% and CBD levels between 0.02% and 0.08%. These levels are significantly lower than anything found in a dispensary and the average stoner could probably grow higher quality bud in their closet. A quick look at weedmaps provided me with a Mango Kush Indica that was advertising 22% THC and .13 CBD. Access to this kind of dank proves how inadequate government weed really is.
The lack of available strains for research has hindered the progression of medical cannabis research. Dr. Sue Sisley has been researching the effects of cannabis as a medication for PTSD but cant get her trial started, mainly because the strains she needs for the research are not able to grown.
“It’s really the final hurdle that continues to impede cannabis research in this country,” Sisley said.
‘We’re trying to do a real world study and imitate what veterans do everyday. I feel like this sabotages an efficacy study from the beginning.’
Dr. Margaret Gedde, a Colorado doctor who’s treated more than 2,000 medical marijuana patients a year since 2009, believes it wrong that recreational cannabis is so freely available but Colorado rejected PTSD qualifying condition due to the lack of supporting research.
Recreational marijuana is taxed more heavily than medical marijuana, and the staff at recreational marijuana retailers aren’t as knowledgeable about cannabis for medical conditions, she said.
With a lot of exciting cannabis initiatives on the ballot this year and the DEA potentially rescheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 to some other incorrect government label, hopefully the monopoly on research cannabis will end and the doors will open to research opportunities previously unavailable.
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The Oregon chapter of Grow for Vets organized a cannabis giveaway, at the Portland’s Refuge PDX center, for veteran patients in Oregon on Sunday April 24th, 2016. From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, Grow For Vets was giving away free cannabis gift bags to its members – as well as Veteran non-members and civilians – who registered online for the event.
Roger Martin, the group’s founder and Army veteran said:
There’s a large body of research that shows cannabis can be a safe and effective alternative to the lethal combinations of prescription drugs that the Veterans Administration (VA) currently gives out to Veterans who are trying to cope with chronic pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other life-changing conditions.
Martin also said that events like this are meant to attract the public attention to the “growing need for alternative treatment and the outrageous conduct of government bureaucrats and politicians who are allowing the VA to neglect and abuse those who have sacrificed so much for us.” Martin and the Grow for Vets project are uniting veterans and calling for a united front in order to make cannabis a legal part of a veterans treatment.
Current statistics for Iraq and Afghanistan show that for every American soldier killed, 7 are wounded.
In addition to the more than 49,000 U.S. servicemen and women who have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, it is estimated that more than 400,000 service members are currently struggling with the invisible wounds of war including debilitating depression, combat-related stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI). An additional 325,000 are estimated to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while serving in combat.
Listen to these veterans tell you their story how cannabis changed their lives and helped them regain a lot of the pleasures they enjoyed before.
The mission of GrowforVets.org is to provide safe and free alternatives to deadly prescription and they have already given away over $750,000 of free medication. If you believe that this is a cause worth supporting please check out how you can get involved with Grow for Vets or donate cannabis.
For the first time in over a decade a special summit has been shceduled to address the problems of prohibition on a global scale. The scheduling of this session comes as more countries, especially those that have a disproportionate levels of narco violence, such as Mexico and Columbia call for an approach to prohibition that goes beyond enforcement.
“So far, the solutions to control drugs and crime implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said in his address to the general assembly on Tuesday.
The last time the U.N held a session to discuss the global position on narcotics the end result was a pledge to rid the world of drugs by 2008.
While an agreement was made on the first day that legalized drug use for medical and scientific purposes a leaked document shows that there is a major split in the UN when it comes to the international war on drugs and the prohibitionist policies spearheaded by the U.S.
“The idea that there is a global consensus on drugs policy is fake,” said Damon Barrett, deputy director of the charity Harm Reduction International. “The differences have been there for a long time, but you rarely get to see them. It all gets whittled down to the lowest common denominator, when all you see is agreement.”
With an increasing number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use undermining much of the US credibility when it comes to prohibition it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to make a rational argument for prohibition.
Historically prohibition has only led to an increase in addiction and crime. Both of which are supposed to be reduced by prohibition and only further the logical conclusion that preventing people from ingesting substances that they enjoy is fundamentally immoral.