Nation's Sole MJ Farm Focuses on Limiting Abuse

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  Nation's Sole MJ Farm Focuses on Limiting Abuse

Posted by CN Staff on March 09, 2010 at 05:42:30 PT
By Chris Joyner, USA Today 
Source: USA Today  

Oxford, Mississippi -- It is the smell — pungent and slightly citrusy — that first greets visitors to Mahmoud ElSohly's office on the University of Mississippi campus.Next are pictures lining the hallways of the bright green plants ElSohly has spent the past 35 years researching as chief cultivator of the nation's only federally sanctioned marijuana farm.
The University of Mississippi Marijuana Project provides marijuana to licensed researchers around the USA studying the drug under a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.About a dozen researchers and lab assistants grow the marijuana in a fenced-in field, protected by video cameras and motion detectors. They nurture it in a "grow room," analyze it and store it in drums in two bank-style vaults."It's a complicated plant," ElSohly says of its chemical composition and its political and cultural baggage. "If this was milk thistle or any of these other herbal drugs, it would be no problem making this available."Although he says he has never smoked it, ElSohly is a big marijuana fan. He is an informed believer in the medical properties of THC, the chemical in the plant that produces a psychoactive high and gives relief to people with chronic ailments such as cancer or Parkinson's.Ole Miss has had the federal contract since 1968. ElSohly says that experience makes it a favorite to stay the sole provider despite bids from other universities or labs. He is finalizing a renewal of the contract, which pays about $1.2 million annually.Yet Ole Miss' contract rankles some who see it as a monopoly. Snipped   Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author: Chris Joyner, USA TodayPublished: March 8, 2009Copyright: 2010 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #22 posted by kaptinemo on March 11, 2010 at 16:42:50 PT:
Herbdoc, I couldn't agree more 
And I'll add that with regards to the eventual backlash, that will come when some fool of a prohib informs a former taxpaying member of the 'Middle Class' that's been thrown out of work, whose family is facing homelessness because they can't pay the mortgage, and whose unemployment bennies have run out that said LE type needs the former taxpayer's revenues more than the former taxpayer does to keep said former taxpayer's kids 'safe from druuuuugs'.That will lead to a 'blow up' of monumental proportions, the kind that lead to public displeasure so great pols who once supported the DrugWar will quickly make an about face or risk that unemployment themselves.It's coming. Just as sure as the Sun rises in the East, it's coming. The prohibs have been having things their own way for so long, they think it's the natural order of things, and that breeds the exact same kind of unthinking arrogance on the part of prohibs that underpins every public statement they make.And that unthinking, unconscious arrogance is bound to surface at exactly the wrong time for the prohibs, publicly, and in front of an audience that is not going to tolerate it, because things have gotten so bad generally that things like 'the economy' are no longer abstracts, they've become very real and painful...and personal. And when it gets personal, those who couldn't have cared less about the injustices visited upon cannabists will suddenly take a very keen interest in how their money is being spent by government. And that's when we make our moves, informing people of the savings that ending cannabis prohibition alone will provide, savings that could be translated into things like better unemployment bennies, health care. etc.People conditioned to devalue their own freedoms (yes, I am talking about 'my fellow Americans', or we wouldn't have had this insanity go on as long as it has) will never be swayed to act to end cannabis prohibition solely on the basis of regaining those freedoms. There's few slaves more willing to shoulder the yoke of slavery than those slaves who think they're free. Long ago I gave up on couching the argument in such terms as 'freedom' and 'rights' and 'liberties'...they just yawn and go back to chewing their cuds.But talk money to those slaves, and watch the eyes light up. Sad but true. it's time to talk money...until we get our freedoms back.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on March 10, 2010 at 10:59:13 PT
I really do believe we are seeing change faster in this last year then in the previous 8 years. Last night I only caught the end of a program on National Geographic and it was how they are using LSD to help people who are going to die soon. Then after that they had the one Marijuana documentary. We didn't watch it since we have seen it a couple of times but it was on NG. That's a mainstream and family oriented channel. We are moving forward.
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Comment #20 posted by herbdoc215 on March 10, 2010 at 10:48:07 PT
What really burns my ass is how they use our 
medicinal cannabis against us serendipitously like is being done with Lance Mackey now, but they let folks run around on all kinds of hard as heck drugs and don't say a word. I have seen this being done slyly in every state with medical cannabis laws by the "authorities" like playing with professional lic. and drivers lic. and all kinds of backdoor ways to ensure we stay as dependent upon the system as they can make us...helpless and isolated so we can be marginalized, like if you are sick enough for cannabis you are supposed to lay in bed reveling in your misery 24 hours a day to be legit to these clowns! It feels to me like the voting games played with minorities all over the south...Jim Crow laws, like being able to read to vote after it's been against the law to learn for 50 years...and they keep looking everyday for more ways to scare us and it doesn't get them anywhere so they turn it up another notch...well one of these notches soon is going to blow up in their face and let the American people see the truth of what the DEA and their ilk is doing in their name, then this "war" against us will be over faster than anyone here would ever believe, this day is coming as more truth is pulled into the light by those whom have made this their lives work and soon many will finally see that they have been staring at shadows upon the cave wall their entire lives! peace, steve 
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Comment #19 posted by dirtmover on March 10, 2010 at 08:53:00 PT
Its in the mail!
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on March 10, 2010 at 08:35:00 PT

I feel pure opiates don't cause damage like pills with tylenol in them do. There is so much abuse of Vicodin in this area that I think that's why it is so regulated. If a person has to go to a pain clinic they test them for marijuana so people just get it off the black market. Thank you for worrying about me. I am doing fine now. Before the surgery I was very sick. 
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Comment #17 posted by herbdoc215 on March 10, 2010 at 08:19:06 PT

FoM, if your ever in pain again MAKE 
them give you a single molecule opiate like oxycodone or hydrocodone because Vicoden kills more people every year than any drug even alcohol, because of the low dose of pain meds tied to an NSAID kills livers faster than Steve Erwin in a tank full of stingrays! Opiates themselves are like cannabis and have great power to heal if used properly for physical pain and titrated exactly, even by addictive people we have just has to be overseen very closely and tapered off when done with like you did so well. This is THE #1 reason I won't ever live back east again...we have laws on the west coast that allows MD's to write schedule 2 single molecule pain meds without DEA bs and they have gained the knowledge to do it, back east the MD's are all too afraid they will lose their country club memberships to write above schedule 3 pain meds no matter how much pain your in or how many you have to take...your liver and you be damned! Opiates take so much guff because folks eating scripts that ain't theirs for mental pain or kids doing crazy doses thinking it's going to be fun after reading about media-hyped stories. I have been on morphine for >24 yrs and my MD's all say I got the liver of a 16 yr old because of NEVER letting them give me combo drugs and not letting them play guinea pig with my meds either? sorry for rant but I worry about you? peace, steve
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on March 09, 2010 at 17:03:32 PT

Herbdoc215 and Everyone Interested
March 9, 2010Excerpt: Every human competitor now running the 1,100-mile sled dog race will be tested for alcohol and illegal drugs for the first time. Defending champion Lance Mackey has openly admitted using medical marijuana on the trail to relieve pain from cancer-related ailments.URL:
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Comment #15 posted by kaptinemo on March 09, 2010 at 16:39:38 PT:

So much for the 'free market' tropes
And, true to Gub'mint SOP, when given a monopoly, they put out trash. Which is why I want the States to be involved in only regulation and distribution, NOT production. For, as Ringo Starr put it so succinctly: “Everything government touches turns to crap.”
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on March 09, 2010 at 15:13:00 PT

I always have been fascinated with sleddogs and why the Iditarod was started. Lance Mackey has survived. Here's a link and he has used medical marijuana to help himself. absolutely enjoyed the Winter Games and particularly enjoyed watching the free spirit Shaun White. Snowboarding is a sport that is associated with marijuana use. They were rebels. I appreciate people who like to find a different way then the status quo. missed my surgeons appointment last week because we had car trouble but I will be seeing him on Friday and he will release me from his care then. I am very happy to say I am better. I don't have anymore pain. Pain I have had for years. I was able to stop using Vicodin on my own and slowly by myself. Since I had a problem with pain medicine in the past I am happy that because of how I did it I had no bad side effects. I was taking high doses of Vicodin for a couple of months so I took it seriously when I stopped and how I stopped.
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Comment #13 posted by herbdoc215 on March 09, 2010 at 14:31:42 PT

FoM, thanks for link
I've been sort of following that story for a while now and rooting for him as he sure seems like my kind of person and that racing is something I am very interested in! It will sure be nice when people can't use our medicine of choice as a weapon against us, average people would be shocked if they only knew how many of us excel at things without their ever knowing like Phelps swimming and so many others! Stupid stoners my eye...if that was true they wouldn't be complaining every time we win at something! Next year I would like to send him some of our hash creme to put on to protect the dogs feet and see how it worked for them if it was allowed. thanks again and I hope your feeling up to snuff again :) peace, steve 
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 09, 2010 at 12:03:24 PT

Since you are a dog person I thought you might appreciate this link. He is not smoking medical marijuana this time because of the big dust up. I want him to win. His dogs are beautiful and look so healthy. People marvel at machinery but animals will get the job done and don't break down like mechanical things do. I would trust a good sleddog team to get the job done way before any mechanical object.
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Comment #11 posted by herbdoc215 on March 09, 2010 at 11:56:32 PT

Dirtmover, I have lost all my old numbers
or I would have called already as I have been wanting to talk to you anyways...Hope you all are fine and tell the wife I said hello as well. peace, steve 
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Comment #10 posted by herbdoc215 on March 09, 2010 at 11:44:29 PT:

dirtmover, write me at this email
and leave me a number and we can arrange a meeting to get in touch...peace, steve
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Comment #9 posted by RevRayGreen on March 09, 2010 at 11:36:46 PT

Props to Mr. Nice, Howard Marks
for pointing out it was an Egyptian Doctor who first brought reefer madness err "hashisms" during a CONference on Opium back in 1928 or so, if you've seen his spoken word "Why is Cannabis Illegal" is awesome......ElSohly must be a descendant.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on March 09, 2010 at 11:03:55 PT

very nice Rev! I love the 1984ish quote about how easy it would be to make cannabis tincture, like milk thistle.the American govt. LOVES evil drug kingpins, it's no surprise they have their own in-house multi-millionaire drug dealer.Look at Afghanistan, we condemn opiate growing while at the same time actually making payments to Karzai's brother who is one of the biggest "drug" kingpins in the nation.and then you think about how much money the US banks make off laundering the drug money.......there are many banking drug "kingpins" out there.

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Comment #7 posted by RevRayGreen on March 09, 2010 at 10:51:00 PT

I launched a FACEBOOK page a few
weeks ago.........DEMAND FIRING Dr.Mahmoud A. ElSohly & pot suppositories research!/group.php?gid=335816126910&ref=mf
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Comment #6 posted by dirtmover on March 09, 2010 at 09:54:01 PT

herbdoc215,Give me a call if you can. I'm F in California.
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on March 09, 2010 at 09:29:46 PT

paging Dr. Schwag
some words and pictures about Dr. Schwag's product: JOSE, Calif. - The pot is unsmokeable, they say, full of sticks, stems and seeds. The leaves have gone stale after at least a year of storage, freezing and then thawing.Marijuana supplied to researchers from the government farm in Mississippi isn't quality product, according to a range of observers, from Redwood Shores HIV patient Phillip Alden to a cop-turned county supervisor.Alden said he knows from experience - he's smoked it. And the result? An upper respiratory infection and an early departure from a landmark research study, the first publicly funded analysis of HIV patients smoking cannabis in their homes.

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 09, 2010 at 08:50:42 PT

You're welcome and it's really good to see you.
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Comment #3 posted by herbdoc215 on March 09, 2010 at 08:22:36 PT

Thanks for this story FoM
Now when the gov't get's stupid about my salary for growing for disabled vets and cops and hospice patients for free I now have a baseline that is WAY above my salary. Also nobody should forget that he has also had a permit to steal as well as the only one to grow as he has stolen hundreds of strains and thousands of hours of research from me and several others I know with the gov't ok...that is just plain wrong no matter how you slice it! Someday I will sue this man if it's the last thing I do and takes every penny I can make! Peace, Steve Tuck   
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Comment #2 posted by ezrydn on March 09, 2010 at 07:18:19 PT:

Do I Have This Right?
This clown gets $1.2M per year, from the US government, to GROW cannabis? And since he's been doing it for 42 years, just how much stash does he have squirreled away? It's not all being dealt out to research, that's for damned sure. So, where's all the dope he's grown? I've seen the storage barrels. Does he just grind it all down together? When he says "It's a favorite position to be in," I have to say "No kidding!"It's time to end ElSohly's monopolistic reign.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 09, 2010 at 05:45:35 PT

Picture of Mississippi Marijuana Farm
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