If you were to be offered the chance to take home a bag of US government-grade cannabis, chances are you’d hardly turn it down. After all, we’re talking about the kind of here that’s not only grown under the watch of the Fed, but also used in the vast majority of government-authorised cannabis studies in North America. To get hold of even a small bag of cannabis, you’d probably give your right arm. Or at least, be willing to swap a bag of what you’re currently smoking for it.
That is…until you actually see what you are being handed.
So the first thing to take into account here is that in order for researchers to legally carry out pot research in the US, they have no choice but to follow the same rules that have been in place since the 60s. Primarily, they are obliged to source cannabis from an approved source, of which there is really only one in the country.
And this is the cannabis they are summarily provided with.
It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that dedicated researchers and scientists all over the country are collectively voicing their frustrations and anger, with regard to the complete rubbish they are expected to work with. They’re carrying out the most important research the US has ever thrown the way of cannabis, but the cannabis being used might as well be thrown in the trash.
It’s so bad that some have likened it to attempting to study fine whisky while being provided with malt liquor for research purposes.
“In two decades of smoking weed, I've never seen anything that looks like that,” said Jake Browne, speaking on behalf of the Denver Post's Cannabist marijuana news site.
“People typically smoke the flower of the plant, but here you can clearly see stems and leaves in there as well, parts that should be discarded. Inhaling that would be like eating an apple, including the seeds inside it and the branch it grew on.”
Unfit for Purpose
Anyone with even the slightest amount of experience with cannabis will know that what is pictured above really is of no use to anyone at all. Which was largely confirmed by the researcher who released the photo a week or two back, having stated that her own tests found it to be almost entirely unfit for purpose. Street weed and medical cannabis often have a THC content of around 18% to 25% or higher. The strain the researcher was provided with was supposed to be around the 15% mark, though turned out to be closer to 8%.
But then again – what would you expect from a bag of sticks, stems and waste plant matter?
It’s an eyebrow-raiser to say the least, but also nothing short of tragic when considering the fact that this is the pot being used for the kind of research that’s supposed to be both improving and saving lives. And the fact that any pot user in the US could provide official research departments with better cannabis than the Federal government in nothing short of embarrassing.
Still, when has the enforcement of pot policy that dates back to the 1960s been anything but?