New Rules of Medicinal Marijuana
With medical marijuana sweeping the nation, it now seems that the government needs much more of this natural medicine for research purposes than originally thought. Initially, the production quota of cannabis for medical testing in 2014 was set at 21 kilograms, or roughly 46 pounds. In May however, the DEA put out a new rule that adjusts the annual production quota of medical marijuana for the US government, with officials now calling for 650 kilograms, or about 1,430 pounds of cannabis. All, of course, for research purposes only.
Marijuana that is tested by the government for medicinal purposes grown at the University of Mississippi and is used by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. Research by the NIDA has become increasingly prominent as the use of medical marijuana continues to be accepted by more and more states across the country. So prominent in fact, that 30 times more marijuana is suddenly needed to meet the rising demands of legal weed for medicinal use.
The original need for 21 kilograms was established in September 2013, but the NIDA recently notified the DEA that they would require much more marijuana than previously anticipated due to the increasing need for medical research. The NIDA declared they needed a “continuous and uninterrupted supply of marijuana to utilize marijuana in their research protocols.” Those that are approved for marijuana testing are all DEA researchers who are approved by the Federal Government.
The rule for more marijuana went into effect in early May, and was implemented to ensure that enough cannabis was available to conduct necessary research. Apparently, with 30 times more than originally anticipated, there is an increasingly high demand for testing. With marijuana legal for medicinal use in 20 US states, protocols on marijuana and medical testing are continuously changing at a rapid rate.
Medical marijuana is a new frontier, and like movements that have come before this one, new laws and regulations often go through many changes before settling on a common protocol. The need for more weed comes at a time when marijuana for medicinal use is blazing forward as more and more states find their populations pushing for regulation. With increased demand, comes the need for increased research, which ultimately leads to an increase in supply. In this case of new protocol set by the NIDA, there is need for an extreme increase in supply.
The need for such increase can lead one to believe that medical marijuana is gaining momentum, and faster than the government is letting the general population in on. Such an increase in supply, and the amount of extra research that this will entail, has the potential to lead to monumental changes in medical marijuana policy. Increased research with this increased and now ample supply contains the capability to bring medicinal marijuana to a new light.
While there is an expanding population of supporters for the reform of marijuana for medicinal purposes, there is still a large conservative population that vehemently opposes such policies. Many people are still looking to fight against medical marijuana in any way they can. Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar launched the “No Welfare for Weed” act early in 2014. This policy would make it illegal for low-income individuals receiving welfare to purchase marijuana.
New changes in testing policies and an increased supply in which to test medical marijuana, however, hold prospect to change the way many still see marijuana. With increased tests that show positive results, the scientific fact that marijuana truly is beneficial for medical use offers increased opportunity to show itself in a positive light. With over a thousand pounds necessary for testing purposes, an increase in positive test results is surely just on the horizon and has the possibility to change the minds of millions.
Originally set at just over 42 pounds, the increase to almost 1,500 pounds of pot for research is by far one of the largest expansions in medical marijuana testing policies that has yet been seen. How much is exactly is this worth in street value? One kilo, or roughly two pounds, has a street value that stays around $1,000. With this price in mind, the governments new policy demands more than a half million dollars of marijuana for medicinal testing. With numbers like these, those that support marijuana reform should begin to see ample test results that prove the very results they have been fighting for. This new reform and increased supply connected with growing demand, is just what medical marijuana needs to gain the recognition it deserves.