The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) posted a “sources sought” notice last week, explaining that it’s looking for eligible facilities that are authorized to cultivate cannabis by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and can aid with the “acquisition and/or production of cannabis and related materials” for research purposes.
For decades, NIDA has had just one direct cannabis supplier at the University of Mississippi because the DEA had declined to expand the number of authorized producers. But the agency has finally ended that monopoly by approving new licensees.
It’s not clear how many direct suppliers NIDA needs going forward. Still, the agency listed the essential criteria for a prospective business contract and its responsibilities.
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