Things are looking to get a whole lot groovier in the federal government. The National Institute of Health recently put up a posting looking for a business to become its go-to cannabis provider. The successful applicant will manufacture up to half a metric ton of cannabis extracts a year and grow up to two tons of cannabis flower.

A solicitation posted on Friday to the government website Federal Business Opportunities listed many unusual requirements for a government contract. Among them, the government is asking for an extractor which can make concentrates with more than 99% THC purity, who can “develop new methods for growing plants,” and who can roll joints.

Here are some for real quotes from the posting:

  • “Process marijuana to produce a range of standardized and pure extracts containing varying ratios (high, low and equal ratios) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) including pure (>99%) delta-9-THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.”
  • “Manufacture Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) human-use marijuana extracts and dosage forms of marijuana extracts (including but not limited to oral solutions, oils, vaping fluids, capsules/tablets) within a range of varying concentrations of delta-9-THC and CBD, and analyze their strength and stability at various intervals.”
  • “Develop new methods for growing marijuana plants containing high THC and low CBD; high CBD and low THC; equal ratios of CBD and THC; and placebos as directed by the COR.”
  • “Manufacture standardized marijuana cigarettes.”

One thing that might make some cannabis companies feel a little queasy about applying for the job is that it requires a full “outline of previous similar projects in the areas specified above and work in the field of drug abuse.” Successful applicants would also have to register with the DEA.

This is odd in at least two different ways. 1) Since cannabis is illegal at the federal level, it would technically require an applicant to submit a history of their federal drug crimes to the DEA, with references and contracts to back it up. 2) The posting seems to suggest that producing cannabis and cannabis extracts is related “work in the field of drug abuse.”

The good news for basically everyone in the U.S. is that this means the nation will likely soon be getting some decent cannabis for its medical research. Until very recently, the only government-approved cannabis has been made at one facility and usually came out as bottom barrel schwag. Because of that, earlier this fall the feds had to resort to importing Canadian marijuana so that an approved study in San Diego could actually be performed with quality product.

So who will be the lucky cannabis manufacturer to join up with the G-men? We will see. Applications are due by December 10.

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