Ole Miss Marijuana Monopoly Under Fire 

  Ole Miss Marijuana Monopoly Under Fire 

Posted by CN Staff on December 17, 2005 at 07:46:33 PT
By Andy Kanengiser 
Source: Daily Journal 

Oxford, MS -- University of Mississippi leaders are battling a legal challenge that threatens to end the school's legal monopoly to grow marijuana for research purposes."We will not give up without a fight," said Andy Mullins, executive assistant to Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Critics of the Ole Miss research are just trying to get the federal contract, he said Friday.
For 36 years, Ole Miss has been the only school nationwide with the federal government's OK to manufacture marijuana under the supervision of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.But the Washington Post reported this week that some researchers are complaining about the quality of the Ole Miss-produced pot. They want a federal judge to allow others to legally produce pot for research.During a hearing this week, DEA attorneys defended the marijuana at Ole Miss. Research professor Mahamoud ElSohly, who runs the program, said the marijuana inventory is more than adequate.A decision on the case before Drug Enforcement Administration Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner is months away.Professor: End The MonopolyUniversity of Massachusetts professor Lyle Craker is part of the group asking the judge to stop the federal government's marijuana monopoly. "The government's marijuana just isn't strong enough," said Richard Doblin, a Craker supporter who directs the Massachusetts-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.Mullins said the accusations of low-quality marijuana at Ole Miss simply are unfounded. "We know it is not the case and the federal government knows it is not the case," he said. "The government is arguing to keep it here."We feel like we are doing an excellent job and have a long history of doing an excellent job," Mullins said when reached by phone at his Oxford office.The marijuana research program is a key component of the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy. Ole Miss grows the pot on a field west of the main campus. The university uses dedicated scientists with a worldwide reputation, he said.Retired Ole Miss history professor David Sansing said the Oxford-based university has studied the pharmacology of plants for decades before it was awarded the first marijuana contract about 1970. "Our pharmacy school has always been recognized as a first-rate school," he said.It also didn't hurt Ole Miss that the late 1st District U.S. Rep. Jamie Whitten was chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee when federal government grants for research programs were doled out. In the 1970s Whitten "was at the apex of his power at that time," Sansing said.Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 12/17/2005 8:00:00 AM, Section A , Page 1 Source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS)Author: Andy KanengiserPublished: December 17, 2005 - Section A , Page 1 Copyright: 2005 djournal.comWebsite: andy.kanengiser Related Articles & Web Site:MAPS Prof. Questions Gov't Monopoly on Marijuana Marijuana Monopoly Challenged To Argue Against Growing of Cannabis

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Comment #31 posted by Ryno on August 14, 2011 at 12:47:10 PT:
To clear up some of the ignorance..
Research is the first step to getting marijuana legalized across the nation. The work Ole Miss was doing was just getting us one step closer to all universities to have the ability to do research with the drug, and maybe even our own legal possession of it. I don't understand how any half intelligent being who uses the substance would be against Ole Miss's cause here. Instead, we need to support efforts like this one, to show the government we're not just a bunch of irresponsible pot heads with no sense of the word "progress." Also, Ole Miss is not against other schools having the "OK" from the government as well, it's only the other schools who are causing a controversy. It's like a bunch of little kids getting together and taking another kid's toy, because if they can't have it, no one can. Seriously? Get over yourself, Craker. Also, to the many trolls out there, you can't trust everything you read on the internet. The people criticizing the university's weed as being "schwag" have probably never been within a thousand mile radius of it. How the hell are the supposed to know?Also as a second generation student at Ole Miss, I know that it was pretty much impossible to get the weed from the site. The security was so uptight, that if you worked with the marijuana as a researcher, you practically got strip searched when you left. Though that's the way it is now, security wasn't always that uptight in the last 30+ years of it's production--and from what I understand, your worries of the drug not being "potent" enough are absolutely ridiculous.Thank you for your time.
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Comment #30 posted by boballen1313 on December 18, 2005 at 22:00:13 PT:
I would feel cheated too. John P. Walters told us that there was a new more high potent strain of cannabis. I would have thought Old Miss would be growing several strains of this "new" syrupy rich, not your daddy's marijuana, brain burning, psychotic disturbing, tit growing, ready for injection, society ending, brought to coma, or violence, only can be grown in the wilds of British Columbia, super strong, life long brain damage in teens, more dangerous than meth, stronger than crack, more debilitating than heroin, available on any street, marihuana. SO GET ON THE BALL UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI... Produce something other than schwag.
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on December 18, 2005 at 21:12:01 PT
I actually smoked dried peppermint one time. It was pretty heinous. I felt like it made me feel bad, too.
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on December 18, 2005 at 21:10:31 PT
Herbs in Sativex
Peppermint is a potent oil.Don't laugh. It is.
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on December 18, 2005 at 10:10:23 PT
What bothers me about the Sativex story is the woman was very sick to begin with. They want to make Cannabis the villain but what about all the other drugs that this woman was probably taking? They never mention that. 
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Comment #26 posted by lombar on December 18, 2005 at 01:53:51 PT
The spinners are a spinning...
Cannabis medication 'turned my mum into a stranger'A grandmother who died after being given a controversial and experimental cannabis-based medicine had told her family that she thought the drug was driving her mad.Rene Anderson, 69, became so paranoid after taking Sativex as part of a drug trial that she believed her family and doctors were trying to kill her.ust three weeks after beginning the trial for the drug, which is not licensed in Britain, she told her daughter, Jacqui Sadler: "I know this drug is making me stupid. I think it is driving me mad."Last night Mrs Sadler, 42, said: "It was heartbreaking to see my lovely, caring mother turn into a stranger who laughed uncontrollably, recited nursery rhymes and thought at times we were trying to kill her.(clipped) would an old person get the idea that helicopters would surveil a house with some drugs in it? Or that storm troopers would kick the door down with black bellaclavas, automatic weapons and arrest medical patients?(sarcasm) Her terror was of the authorities and what happens to people who have 'drugs planted in their house'. It is really sad to see this persons death being blamed upon sativex. I wonder if that was the only drug she was taking? What really makes me believe this is total propaganda is:"She would scream at times; at other times she would weep for hours."Just before they say the poor woman suffered from intense pain then they claim that the sativex made her scream and weep for hours? It is inevitable that after long periods of intense discomfort feelings of despair and helplessness would arise. Then the coroner states the 'treatment contributed significantly' to her death yet we do not really know what treatment she was recieving other than sativex. If it was so bad why didn't they discontinue the trial?
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 21:34:28 PT
Hippie Dream
Oh yes I did BGreen!
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 21:33:49 PT
It's a Dream 
BGreen, the first time I heard that song it brought tears to my eyes. It was written during the time he was sick. It's a Dream is my favorite song on Prairie Wind but I really like all of the songs. 
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Comment #23 posted by BGreen on December 17, 2005 at 21:27:13 PT
That was a pretty song Neil sang
Did you catch what the card in his hat said?The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #22 posted by ekim on December 17, 2005 at 20:52:22 PT
hey hey were the monkeys they say we like to monke
calling Dr Ethan are you working with any groups asking for a spray to supplement and to have the juice made here like a micro brewery or venire.wonder what 70 year old woman stopped taking the cure for- 
how many did does one begin to qualify for entrance into one of your studies. has APjohn been active in the recent victories in Detroit and Ann Arbor and Ferndale and Traverse City seems that many in those open cities are listening to all options. APjohn Group of Kalamazoo MI is said to be acting on GWs behalf here in the US trying to get med studies and show what the herb can do by early next year.will you come do a cable access show in Kal about this subject.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 20:46:06 PT
I'm glad you are checking in and being upset is very understandable these days. I have been excited about Neil being on for weeks. I heard rumors he will tour this coming year and we are looking forward to getting to see him one more time. I wasn't sure after having brain surgery if he would ever be able to tour again. He must be doing ok and that's good.
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Comment #20 posted by BGreen on December 17, 2005 at 20:37:42 PT
Thanks, FoM!
Hey, Neil Young is on Saturday Night Live tonight, in case you didn't know.I check in every day, I've just been feeling a little too bitter to add my comments.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 20:32:00 PT
Thanks for the clarification. Happy Holidays to you.
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Comment #18 posted by BGreen on December 17, 2005 at 20:20:28 PT
Wrong Simmons, FoM re: comment #14
Gene Simmons, the bass player and resident sexual whore of the band KISS, has said in the past that he supports the arrest and incarceration of cannabis users.This is Jean Simmons, the 76-year-old actress who as far as I know hasn't had sex with thousands of women. LOLThe Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #17 posted by The GCW on December 17, 2005 at 18:37:53 PT
USFEDforces must contain the Truth.
There are examples of Universities doing work with cannabis, using Truth and coming up in the positive progressive direction.The USFEDforces have examples of free universities doing research, and IT opposes the USFED spew.They fear cannabis Truth being let out. They are dependant on containing that exact Truth; WHICH INCLUDES BIBLICAL AND SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS & REALITIES.Their container has leaks... NOBODY CONTAINS THE TRUTH. Truth spills.Hebrew UniversityMadrid's Complutense University (has done a lot) Louis University located those receptor sites in Our brains that THC (DELTA9) adheres to. Was that USFEDSHWAG?
(nothing else from the outside world binds to those receptor sites) (and who do You think put those there?)
STLOUMO ETC.Truth is uncontainable.
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Comment #16 posted by mayan on December 17, 2005 at 17:41:37 PT
No Scientific Grounds
From the article FoM linked in comment #15He conceded that there were no scientific grounds to connect Sativex to her continued illness after she stopped taking the drug, but added that he could see no other reason for the deterioration in her health.No scientific grounds? Then it's merely speculation? Could it be that her extreme form of severe diabetes had simply taken it's toll on her? The rush to blame Sativex leads me to believe that the Brits were just looking for an excuse to stifle it's approval.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 17:20:59 PT
A Comment About This Article
I'm really sorry that someone died who was in a Sativex study but she died 5 months later. Diabetes can cause kidney failure in advanced cases. I think it really is wrong that these articles are even written.Cannabis Medicine is Implicated in Death of Pensioner,,2-1936671,00.html
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 17:13:35 PT
I knew I liked Sting for a reason but I thought Simmons was against all drugs.
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Comment #13 posted by mayan on December 17, 2005 at 16:38:39 PT
Sting leads campaign against Blair's plan to reclassify cannabis: laws to be reviewed (Bermuda): WAY OUT...Distinguished University of Minnesota Philosophy Professor Joins 9/11 Fight, Saying the Truth Must Be Uncovered: to Get His Chance to Prove 9/11 Accusations: Have Finally found the 9/11 Hijacker: Up: Index of What Really Happened on 9/11:
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 16:23:42 PT
Thanks for the video. I know people record at live shows but I sure wouldn't have the nerve to do it. I would be the only one to get caught. 
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Comment #11 posted by potpal on December 17, 2005 at 16:00:48 PT
The war on poverty was a failure too. There's never been a good war or a bad peace. Think Ben Franklin said that.Okay, ot Sunday...McCartney's love of cannabis song...
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on December 17, 2005 at 14:02:06 PT:
OT: Bush swag.
You know Bush attaining so much power suddenly reminds me of a very small child who has recently found a hammer. Have you ever seen this? The child now must fix everything he sees by treating it with a few good whacks. And as each item is [fixed] he is in search of the next broken thing that needs his most talented and considered thrashing.I have often considered if I'd known This Bushmonkey was going to spend the next eight years in the white house I would have invested my savings in unshelled peanuts and bananas. In fact I have often thought what a burn, a unified
statement it would be if millions of Americans would send
a bag of unshelled peanuts to the white house. I'm going to do it. That would be my statement at least. I love the irony of Bushy getting hung with a hemp rope.
Now that would be poetic justice.I want to clear something up with you all. In the impromptu
poem I wrote a few days ago. That was a spontainious writing
I felt like sharing with you all because I feel compfortable enough to do so here. Almost everything I said was a fact in truth. A couple of things I said were for
Poetic enhancement. I was in a since speaking for my generation and not for my self. A poetic license, call it.
For example: I've never personally killed or maimed but my friends and realitives were made to. I've never been to Iran but while I was a medic in Europe in the sixties I tended to the infirmed both American and Iranian In the hospital in Weisbaden Germany. I was going off of the stories I'd heard from them at the time. Everything else though is true. I did it. Been there, done that, was to poor to buy the T-shirt So much for my mental diarea for now. Hope you all stay safe and are enjoying life in whatever way you choose to do so.Namaste
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 11:13:14 PT
Thank you for the link. I have read that article a couple of times and still don't understand it very well. I guess politics and logic don't work together. How will we fix the poverty in certain areas of the country so people won't need to sell drugs just to live? That's where I see the problem is. It isn't the love of a particular drug that gets people in trouble but poverty does. Everyone needs to eat. I believe that's why people sell hard drugs in the cities. How will the poor survive?
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Comment #8 posted by potpal on December 17, 2005 at 10:53:53 PT
Liberals on drugs
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Comment #7 posted by siege on December 17, 2005 at 10:37:51 PT
school of pharmacy office of the dean
have been awarded: Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly
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Comment #6 posted by siege on December 17, 2005 at 10:20:45 PT
Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly
... Mahmoud Elsohly, who has devised a test that can distinguish between traces
of Marinol and natural cannabis in the urine. Elsohly also has patented a ...
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Comment #5 posted by kaptinemo on December 17, 2005 at 09:36:20 PT:
There it is: the money quote
And I mean, *literally*, the 'money quote':*"We will not give up without a fight," said Andy Mullins, executive assistant to Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Critics of the Ole Miss research are just trying to get the federal contract, he said Friday.*All the hysterical "save the chil-drunn! SAVE THE CHIL-DRUNN!", all the pontificating, all the syrupy sermonizing...voided like what you do with your bowels in the bathrooom when you sit down. Because when all the phony moralizing is stripped away, and the mask of faux righteousness peeled off, this is what you see under it: filthy dirty money-grubbing. That's all it ever was. Well, the money they want to grub came out of the pockets of all taxpaying Americans, and if Ole Miss produces schwag with my money, then I damn' well want the forces of market capitalism to work and give the contract to someone who can do a better job than provide our Compassionate Use program survivors more than Ole Miss STS (that's Shake, Twigs, and Seed) crapola. Those sick folks don't need that trash.Back when I worked for the Feds, the latest fad managerial shibboleth was (trumpet fanfare and drum roll) "Total Quality Management!" which supposedly strove for better service of the 'customer'. (News flash for Gub'mint wonks: I'm not a 'customer' of government services, but a TAXPAYER, you twits! There's a BIG diff between someone who freely purchases a good or service from an open market and someone who is forced to surrender his hard earned pay to a Gub'mint that threatens you with prison if you don't.) Well, here's a chance to put OUR money where THEIR mouth is: Let Dr. Craker have a shot at making better weed. He can't do any worse than what's been done all these decades...
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 08:59:48 PT
CounterPunch Article By Fred Gardner
When Prosecutors DeceiveDid the Feds Frame Brian Epis?December 17, 2005Link:
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Comment #3 posted by Max Flowers on December 17, 2005 at 08:58:51 PT
Government shwag
 - Research professor Mahamoud ElSohly, who runs the program, said the marijuana inventory is more than adequate. - Yeah but the quality of it is far less than adequate, from what I hear!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 17, 2005 at 08:46:44 PT
Thanks Whig
I fixed the spelling.
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Comment #1 posted by whig on December 17, 2005 at 08:22:26 PT

They couldn't even spell his *name* right!
Lyle CRAKER.Not Cracker.
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