Top Federal Drug Agency Details Plan To Award One New Marijuana Supplier Contract For Research Purposes

Top Federal Drug Agency Details Plan To Award One New Marijuana Supplier Contract For Research Purposes
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The federal government is set to finally contract another marijuana manufacturer to supply cannabis for research purposes, posting a pre-solicitation notice about the opportunity for recently authorized growers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has worked with the same single marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi for more than 50 years, and scientists have been critical about the quality of the cannabis and extracts produced at the facility. Now there’s a chance to break the monopoly and expand the available product pool for researchers. NIDA posted the pre-solicitation notice last week, notifying institutions that have received Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approval to cultivate cannabis that they will be able to submit applications to supply marijuana starting on or around July 28. This comes about two months after the agency first published an initial “sources sought” notice to gather information from prospective applicants about their ability to grow and analyze cannabis. The new notice outlines various requirements and responsibilities for manufacturers. For example, they must be able to “produce or procure cannabis, cannabis extract and other cannabis-derived materials for basic and clinical research, and conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis, stability determination, and recommended storage conditions for these products for approved research.” NIDA will dictate how much marijuana it needs produced and what types of cannabinoids should be extracted and analyzed prior to being transferred to the agency, which will then distribute the products to research institutions. “In order to meet present and anticipated needs for phytocannabinoids, the Contractor shall extract cannabis to isolate pure THC and other cannabinoids, obtain cannabis extract of known potencies, manufacture marijuana cigarettes of varying potencies, and provide purified materials and marijuana cigarettes for research and/or to the NIDA Drug Supply program,” the notice says. DEA has so far authorized at least six more facilities to…

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