Scientists Say the Government’s Only Pot Farm Has Moldy Samples
In the U.S. we have only one source of cannabis for federally sanctioned research, a 12-acre farm at the University of Mississippi, run by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). As a result, researchers face a number of hurdles including supply shortages and a lack of variety (the farm grows only a limited number of strains).
But in a stunning new twist, researchers have discovered that many of the cannabis samples that they receive from the University of Mississippi are contaminated with unsafe levels of potentially toxic molds. This endangers study subjects, who may have compromised immune systems and makes it nearly impossible to conduct research. Not only is it potentially dangerous to give subjects moldy cannabis, but the presence of mold may compromise study results.
It’s bad enough that we require researchers to use cannabis from a single source like the Mississippi farm, especially with so much high quality cannabis being grown throughout the United States. But when that farm can’t even provide clean, safe samples, it may be time to rethink the system.
Read the PBS coverage of this issue here.