It’s been a long time coming.
The government has just approved the cultivation of the biggest crop of cannabis for research purposes, as a response to the need for cannabis plants with varying levels of CBD and THC. The irony is that the government still lists cannabis as an illegal substance, despite the fact that they are the only source of cannabis for research in the entire country.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) emailed the Associated Press, stating that they intend to grow 2,000 kg of cannabis in the University of Mississippi this year, which is the only establishment that has a federal contract allowing them to legally grow cannabis. The entire amount can result in 5 million joints, though the government supplies the pot in various forms.
The crop will be producing varieties that have high CBD and THC, “with recent interest in CBD as a potential medicine for a number of medical conditions,” says the NIDA.