The federal government is hiring professional joint rollers, according to a recent notice published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
OK, that’s oversimplifying the job quite a bit. But twisting up “standardized marijuana cigarettes” with strains of various potencies will be one of the responsibilities of whatever small business lands a contract with NIDA to prepare and distribute research drug products.
If your business is capable of analyzing cannabinoids and research chemicals, creating “drug dosage forms” for compounds like THC and producing marijuana and nicotine research cigarettes “of varying strengths and specifications,” this could be the gig for you. Applicants must also obtain licenses to manufacture, research, distribute and export and import Schedule I and II drugs before the time of the contract award, which is estimated to be July 2019.
Here’s the full description of the job responsibilities:
-Acquire hard-to-find controlled and uncontrolled drug compounds and/or drug dosage forms and analyze purity, authenticity, and stability of these compounds while storing them in a secure and DEA-approved facility and having the capability to ship these compounds to research investigators.
-Manufacture standardized marijuana cigarettes within a range of varying concentrations of delta-9-THC and analyze strength and stability of them at various intervals while having the capability to maintain a secure shipping facility and to ship marijuana cigarettes to research investigators.
-Manufacture nicotine research cigarettes and analyze them for required chemical constituents at various intervals while having the capability to store and ship securely these nicotine research cigarettes to research investigators.
The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate “extensive experience with and the ability to perform the above tasks,” NIDA’s notice says.
There’s no information available in the federal posting about how much the contract award is worth—but the pay is presumably higher than what rapper Waka Flocka Flame offered for a full-time blunt roller position in 2015.
See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
The Feds Are Hiring Professional Marijuana Joint Rollers…Kind Of
Michigan’s two top federal prosecutors have released a statement reacting to approval by the state’s voters of a marijuana legalization ballot measure this week.
Fairly measured in tone, the statement is similar to those of U.S. attorneys in other states with legal cannabis policies in that it says they cannot guarantee that people violating federal marijuana laws will be shielded from prosecution but that they have never focused on prosecution of consumers and will target their resources toward the most serious crimes.
The full statement from Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew B. Birge and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider follows:
The people of Michigan have voted to legalize – with certain restrictions – the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana under state law. However, marijuana continues to be an illegal drug under federal law. As the chief federal law enforcement officers in Michigan, we are providing this statement regarding the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in light of the passage of Proposal One.
Because we have taken oaths to protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States, we will not unilaterally immunize anyone from prosecution for violating federal laws simply because of the passage of Proposal One.
We will continue to approach the investigation and prosecution of marijuana crimes as we do with any other crime. We will consider the federal law enforcement priorities set by the United States Department of Justice, the seriousness of the crime, the deterrent effect of prosecution, and the cumulative impact of the crime on a community. As we weigh the interests in enforcing a law, we must also consider our ability to prosecute with our limited resources.
Combating illegal drugs is just one of our many priorities. We are also focused on preventing and prosecuting terrorism, violent crime, gangs, corruption, and fraud. Even within the area of drugs, we are increasingly focused on combating the opioid epidemic, which is killing our citizens at an alarming rate.
Our offices have never focused on the prosecution of marijuana users or low-level offenders, unless aggravating factors are present. That will not change. Nevertheless, crimes involving marijuana can pose serious risks and harm to a community. The seriousness of the offense and impact on a community includes a broad range of related activity and concerns for federal law enforcement. These concerns include, for example: adverse effects of interstate trafficking of marijuana; the involvement of other illegal drugs or illegal activity; persons with criminal records; the presence of firearms or violence; criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels; the bypassing of local laws and regulations; the potential for environmental contamination; and the risks to minors. We, of course, also have an interest in preventing the cultivation, use and distribution of marijuana on federal property.
These are just examples, and this statement does not limit our discretion to enforce the law. We will continue to work closely with our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners to assess the federal law enforcement interest for every case as it comes in. When we act, we will act in the interests of public health and safety.
See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
Federal Prosecutors React To Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization
A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University revealed that the vast majority of Americans support legal cannabis – a particularly significant finding given the current political climate and federal government’s contrasting opinion on the topic.
The poll, released in February, revealed that 71 percent of voters believe the following:
“The government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use.”
The most interesting part of this statistic? Voters in every age group and political affiliation reported this opinion; it seems that these days the support for legalizing cannabis crosses party lines and all age gaps.
To add more fuel to the fire of cannabis reform, this poll dug even deeper into voters’ opinions on cannabis, producing a key statistic on the current cannabis climate in the United States. When asked if marijuana should be made legal (not just medical marijuana – all marijuana uses, in every state), 59 percent of voters were in support. That means that the majority of Americans are now in support of fully legalized cannabis. While only 41 percent of voters identifying as Republicans and 49 percent of voters over the age of 65 were in support, this is still a huge vote of confidence for the general American climate on cannabis.
However, this majority opinion didn’t develop overnight. Let’s delve into the significance of this particular poll result by looking at the very recent history of American opinion on cannabis regulation.
Currently, according to the February 2017 Quinnipiac poll mentioned above, American support of legalized cannabis is at 59 percent. Another poll by the General Social Survey reports that number as 60 percent, so the support of cannabis right now in the United States seems to lie right in that 59-60 percent range. However, just 11 years ago in 2006, only 35 percent of American voters were in support of legalizing cannabis. This is a huge change in such a short time, making the current percentage of Americans supporting legalized cannabis even more impressive.
This General Social Survey, similar to the Quinnipiac poll, also looked at voters’ political stance, age, race, and gender. The survey revealed that, while support ratings were lower among Republicans and in older age groups, overall the support in every demographic and political group was up compared to the percentages recorded years ago. An upward trend is a positive trend, and it is obvious that support for legalized cannabis is on the rise.
Unfortunately, the federal government does not seem to follow this upward trend. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently restated his opinion on cannabis; he reported in no uncertain terms that he intends to enforce federal regulations on cannabis, and that he does not agree with legalization. This is unsettling news to many in the cannabis industry with lives and savings deeply invested into their businesses, which are legal in their home states but, technically, still illegal on the federal level. However, with the rate at which the cannabis industry is creating jobs and stimulating the economy – predicted to be as many as 250,000 by 2020 – combined with the ever-increasing positive public perception of cannabis, it seems to be in the government’s best interests to reconsider its stance.
Overall, the current American public climate towards legalizing cannabis is very positive, and it is only getting better. Just since 2016, the overall support for legal cannabis has increased from 57 percent to 59-60 percent, reflecting a public eager for change and for more progressive legislation. Hopefully the federal government, while several steps behind this ever-supportive public opinion on cannabis, will come to recognize and address the needs of its constituency. With increasing support every year, it can only be a matter of time before voters are able to instigate change with their voices and with their votes. Legal cannabis is on the forefront of political hot topics, and change is on the horizon.