U of MN Cannabis Project Goes Unfunded

ChromatogramEveryone talks about it, everyone wants to do it, but no one seems to want to pay for it.  That’s the problem the University of Minnesota Cannabis Hemp project is having a problem with.  Having over a decade of Research into Cannabis it’s a shame that this work isn’t funded properly.

They already have all the registration in place with the DEA so that they are allowed to cultivate, manufacture, Cannabis.  They have already grown and have done extensive research into the Genome of various cannabis varieties.  Unfortunately right now their research is stalled due to lack of funding.

They have a number of published articles like this one.   U of MN Study explains why hemp and marijuana are different.    “:”Given the diversity of cultivated forms of Cannabis, we wanted to identify the genes responsible for differences in drug content,” says U of M plant biologist George Weiblen. While marijuana is rich in psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp produces mostly a non-euphoric cannabidiol (CBD), but the genetic basis for this difference was a matter of speculation until now.” (Professor Website)

They even offer Cannabis DNA TestingMarijuanaDNA“There are essentially three kinds of forensic evidence to be obtained from the marijuana plant and its derivatives: (1) quantification of drug potency, (2) inference of growth conditions or geographic sources from elemental isotopes, and (3) genetic identity from DNA evidence.” additionally “Our laboratory is registered with the US Drug Enforcement Administration to perform analytical testing of Cannabis DNA.  Such analyses are admissible in American courts of law and find application in drug enforcement, criminal investigation, prosecution and defense. One hundred milligrams per sample is sufficient for analysis. Cannabis held in evidence by state or federal law enforcement agencies is eligible for testing. We apply the exact method used in human DNA fingerprinting, using DEA-approved procedures for handling controlled substances. We provide independent, unbiased forensic analysis according to the highest standards of laboratory practice.” (Professor Website)

They were part of a Wild Minnesota Race Cannabis collection in 2015The Industrial Hemp Development Act of 2015 allowed researchers from the University of Minnesota to collect wild hemp to be studied. On Wednesday, researchers scoured the overgrown grounds of Fort Snelling for the wild cannabis.  “These belong to the same species as marijuana,” Dr. George Weiblen said. “They’re treated as controlled substances, by law.” Weiblen and Jonathan Wenger have been studying hemp for more than a decade.” (KSTP-5 News)

Check out his website and lets see if we can get him the funding he needs.

U of MN Cannabis Project Website