More weed for the Obama administration
Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 09:30
Written by theglasshousetx
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 09:30
The Obama administration wants more weed! The DEA is placing the order, but they won’t pretend they like it.
That’s right, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is responsible for obtaining marijuana and handing it over to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for medical research. This fiscal year, which ends on June 30, the DEA met a production quota of about 46 pounds. But it wasn’t enough!
The NIDA is now requesting some additional bud. Like, 1,420 pounds. That’s 3,095 percent more. They’re increasing testing regarding treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer, inflammation, pain, seizures and psychiatric disorders.
In case you were wondering, the federal government’s official contracted grower since 1968 is grown on part of the 4-acre Medicinal Plant Garden in Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi.
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is NOT excited about the Obama administration’s penchant for legalization. Last Wednesday, she appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to warn of the dangers of marijuana legalization and make clear her support for mandatory minimum sentences.
Leonhart worries a lot. She worries that marijuana will seep into the states surrounding Colorado and Washington. She worries that minors will get their hands on it and that marijuana use will increase overall. And she’s all about mandatory minimums, despite the fact that her immediate boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, has said they create cruel, disproportionate punishments and contribute to federal prison overcrowding.
We’re curious to see how long Leonhart, a holdover from the Bush administration, will be able to stick around in an administration that appears ready to move forward on drug policy reform.