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WASHINGTON — The federal government is looking to score some pot — a lot of it.

An arm of the National Institutes of Health tasked with researching drug abuse and addiction “intends” to solicit proposals from “offerors” who can “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” at least 12 acres of cannabis, Time reported.

According to a listing on a federal government website, the successful bidder must possess a “secure and video monitored outdoor facility” capable of growing and processing large amounts of pot, a 1,000-sq.-ft. (minimum) greenhouse to test the plants under controlled conditions, and “demonstrate the availability” of a vault approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration to maintain between 400 and 700 kg of pot stock, extract and cigarettes.

The NIH is also apparently looking for growers who have the capability to develop plants with altered versions of THC, the main psychoactive component of pot, and CBD, which provides medicinal properties.

NIDA spokeswoman Shirley Simson told Time the agency was simply starting a new bidding competition since its existing marijuana farm contract is set to expire next year.

Federal law still classifies marijuana as a drug on par with heroin, acid and ecstasy.

Read more at Time.com

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