The federal government is looking to contract a small business to grow, test, store and ship thousands of kilograms of marijuana of varying potencies and concentrations.
No, really. The contract notice was published on the site Federal Business Opportunities last week—not long after a similar listing called for applications from prospective federal joint rollers. The new posting seems quite a bit more comprehensive, though.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is soliciting “capability statements” from businesses with the space and technology to produce, analyze and distribute cannabis and cannabis products “for research purposes.”
That’s probably in the agency’s best interest. After all, the government has been roundly criticized for failing to expand its marijuana production to meet demand. Since 1968, just one farm at the University of Mississippi has been federally authorized to cultivate cannabis for research purposes—a monopoly the government has taken some steps toward breaking, although it has faced resistance from now-former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Experts have also raised questions about the quality of the “research-grade” cannabisproduced for federal research, as it seems to be significantly less potent and chemically diverse than the flower consumers are getting in legal states.
The listing makes clear that NIDA wants a decently large cultivation operation, including both indoor and outdoor grows. It also emphasized the need to develop marijuana with varying concentrations of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. Whatever business receives the contract will also be tasked with developing cannabis extracts like oils, capsules and “vaping fluids.”
Here are the full job responsibilities listed on the notice:
-Grow, harvest, process, analyze, and store marijuana for research purposes or procure marijuana and marijuana products from existing commercial enterprises, including from qualified foreign sources, as required by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to meet program needs.
-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.
-Store and maintain quality of products, including periodic analyses required to obtain and maintain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality requirements for Investigational New Drug (IND) research.
-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.
-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.
-Maintain a secure shipping facility, ship marijuana and marijuana products, and establish billing and accounting procedures to allow the collection of fees from product recipients as authorized by NIDA.
There are some basic requirements that applicants have to meet in order to be selected for the job, though. For example, they must prove that they can obtain the necessary licenses to work with controlled substances and also be able to maintain a facility capable of supporting “production of up to 2000 kg of marijuana” and storing “approximately 5000 kg of marijuana stock.”
That’s a lot of federal ganja…
If this sounds like the kind of project your business is willing and able to handle, the deadline to respond to the notice is December 10.
See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
Feds Seek New Growers To Produce Thousands Of Kilograms Of Marijuana
May is finally here, which means it’s time to setup your cannabis growing site!
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Light is a salient part of growing cannabis indoors. Without the natural presence of the sun, cultivators are forced to create their own source of energy for the plants. This may seem like a drawback for some people, due to the high standards the sun has set for plant growth. But in the era of modern lighting systems, there are several ways to mimic and artificially manipulate the effects the sun has on cannabis using mounted luminaries.
“If you’re trying to keep plants short with lots of leafy growth, use grow lights that give off light in more of the blue spectrum during the beginning of your plant’s life. When it’s time to switch the plant to the flowering stage, you might switch the lights to something that has more of the reds and oranges that cannabis likes during the flowering stage,” explained Nebula Haze from Grow Weed Easy.
Light Spectrums and Colors
To understand how this works, it is first important to understand the mechanisms surrounding light and plant growth. Light is made up of different wavelengths and spectrums. These components vary in measurements, characteristics and effects on cannabis during various stages of the herb’s life cycle:
- Ultraviolet (10-400 nm): UVB bands said to increase THC levels in cannabis
- Blue (400-520 nm): Helps cannabis plants grow short with robust leaves
- Green (500-600 nm): Improves plant responses (stomatal control, phototropism, etc.)
- Red (630-660 nm): Promotes flowering and budding, helps cannabis plants grow tall
- Far Red (720-740 nm): Promotes flowering
Another factor that dictates the application of light colors during indoor growing operations is the overall objective of the cultivator. For instance, businesses that manufacture edibles may choose to maximize oil yields, making potency top priority. For such objectives, one could focus on improving resin and THC/CBD yields, as well as plant size. To achieve this, a mix of red and blue with a ratio of 70:30 during pre-flowering and flowering stages is effective, followed by doses of UVB bands to boost THC levels (in some cases, up to 30 percent!) during the latter stages of flowering.
When using artificial lighting systems, it is best to avoid using a single, dominant wavelength of light. This is because the sun actually uses a well-balanced formula of light that includes other wavelengths. Failing to meet these requirements could reduce the effectiveness of activating plant pigments that rely on dual wavelength peaks (e.g., chlorophyll a [430-662 nm] and chlorophyll b [453-642 nm]).
Grow Light Technologies
To create a well-balanced lighting system, you need an artificial light that produces a wide range of wavelengths necessary for plant growth. These days, many large-scale growers are using LEDs – due to their ability to reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent, produce up to 16 million different combinations of RGB-based colors and extensive lifespan of 50,000+ hours. Furthermore, unlike metal halide, fluorescent and incandescent lamps, LEDs are reinforced with solid-state designs, which allows the luminaries to withstand rough treatment (no loose filaments).
Grow light LEDs typically come with multi-band features to accommodate the required light wavelengths needed for optimizing plant growth. These types of luminaries are also compact and extremely portable. “Since LEDs emit little to no heat, they can be mounted closer to plants than other lights, which makes LEDs the optimal choice for lighting in small contained places,” said Advanced LED Lights.