Source:  By Noelle Crombie | [email protected]  May 7 2014

Elvy Musikka, a longtime cannabis consumer who lives in Eugene, is among a handful of Americans who rely on the U.S. government for their marijuana.

Though marijuana is illegal under federal law, the feds grow their own cannabis at the University of Mississippi, which supplies a dwindling number of participants with government-grade pot. The program, created in 1978, makes regular deliveries of joints to Musikka, who uses marijuana to treat glaucoma.

The Huffington Post this week reports that the government increased its production quota for marijuana at its Mississippi site. (For what it’s worth, Musikka takes a dim view of the marijuana produced by the government, saying it’s far inferior to cannabis grown in Oregon.)

Here’s Huffington Post writer Matt Ferner‘s report:

On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a new rule that increases the U.S. government’s production quota for medical marijuana from an annual 21 kg to 650 kg. That’s about 1,433 pounds of pot in total.

The U.S. government grows marijuana for research purposes at the University of Mississippi in the only federally legal marijuana garden in the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) oversees the cultivation, production and distribution of these crops.

“NIDA recently notified the DEA that it required additional supplies of marijuana to be manufactured in 2014 to provide for current and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana,” reads a recent Federal Register’s statement from the DEA.

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