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The Federal Government is Looking for Pot Farmers

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The Federal Government is Looking for Pot Farmers

There’s no need to reread that headline. Although it may seem like some sort of cruel hoax, it’s not. It’s been confirmed that the federal government has begun its search for the best and brightest in the world at growing pot.

A job listing was placed on a federal government business opportunities website earlier this week, soliciting proposals from qualified persons that are interested in possibly assisting them with cannabis research. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research institute dedicated to studying the science of addiction, is seeking skilled, large-scale farmers to cultivate, harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute marijuana.

In order to qualify, interested applicants must currently be registered to handle Schedule II through V substances with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and be able to obtain permission to manufacture, research or distribute Schedule I substances. Applicants can choose whether they prefer to grow marijuana indoors or outdoors but must be able to prove that they possess a certain amount of space before any contracts can be awarded. Outdoor cultivators must possess 12 acres of secure land monitored by video. Indoor cultivators will need to possess facilities that have at least 1,000 square feet of space available with controls for light intensity, temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide concentrations.

Applicants will need to have a secured storage facility approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the DEA where they can maintain 400 to 700 kilograms of cannabis.

Although the advertisement doesn’t commit the agency to fulfill the contract, they have some pretty interesting plans for advanced growers including developing methods of growing cannabis with altered levels of compounds: some high in THC and low in CBD, some high in CBD and low in THC and others of equal amounts of THC and CBD.

Shirley Simson, a spokesperson for NIDA, said that the organization is beginning a new bidding competition because its existing contract for marijuana farms is set to expire next year. They anticipate that contracts will be awarded for one year with the potential for four-year options after profitable first year.

“It’s a free and open competition — we will consider proposals from any responsible offers,” NIDA told Newsweek.

Do you have awesome growing skills? Will you be applying to grow pot for the government? Tell us what you think in the comments.



  1. Harley Ferrell

    September 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I am interested in growing pot for the government how do I go about getting the proper information to sign up for that

  2. daniel ocampo palma

    September 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    soy especialista en cultivo de marihuana organica, produsco los mejores insumos organicos para logras los mas altos niveles de calidad en el cultivo 100% organico.

  3. johnsen

    August 31, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    i want to be a weed farmer. choose me!

  4. Moises

    August 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    sign me up

  5. Terri. Dazzo

    August 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Very restriced on the government’s part. I’m not surprised. It is a step in the right direction.

  6. Nat Turner

    August 31, 2014 at 4:38 am

    What if you live in a queer state that shows no intention of pulling its’ head out of its’ ass?

  7. Brandy

    August 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Marijuana should be legalized federally.. The crime rate has proven to go down I’m other states who have legalized it. The governmentales money off of it as well. It’s a huge step to take but I honestly think the world would be a better place if marijuana were to be legalized in every state in the United States.

  8. lorne mccaul

    August 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    i live in australia was woundering what i have to do to get across to america an grow i love growing have done so for many years indoor and outdoors. im very intrested in what im required to do to be legally allowed to help grow the plants for research thankyou for your help in advance .

  9. Ricardo Vega

    August 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I am interested in growing can you please inform me about the details. I think it’s a great idea.

  10. edcel bargados

    August 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    im growing weed in the philipines but weed is still illegal here in the phil. its called guerilla growing . i am a family man and im jobless .i want t be part of governtment pot farmers.

  11. Hope

    August 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    In order to qualify, interested applicants must currently be registered to handle Schedule II through V substances with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and be able to obtain permission to manufacture, research or distribute Schedule I substances.


    • fuck u

      September 8, 2014 at 5:39 am

      This is a giant phishing scheme by the government to coax big time growers out of the shadows. In order to get the proper licencing you must prove your in possession of such large scale grows wich is illegal as fuck u really think they are going to ignorea huge bust and then give u a pass to come work for them? Bullshit

  12. Steven Kautz

    August 30, 2014 at 11:10 am

    When do I start and do I need a green house?? I wouldn’t mind growing ! Just send me an email if u can

  13. Christina

    August 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Your article leads one to believe if they had 12 acres OR an indoor facility that theyd qualify, after reading the posting Ive found they require BOTH 12 acres AND an indoor facility

  14. Douglas glidden

    August 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I wouldn’t mind working for u guys if it’s in maine

  15. stephanie fagan

    August 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Can anyone do it I’m on state probation

  16. kevin

    August 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Im hoping that florida will support combat vets who suffer daily with ptsd,tbi and pain that we all live through. I know from trying canibus that it gives me a better quality of life.

  17. Randy hockman

    August 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

    What do i have to do to grow for the gov

  18. Edwin Gorgas

    August 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I have neuropatic pain and the medications i have been takeing have geven me liver problems Lyrica is bad Med. Can this help me!!???? All work for free if this coud help me whith the pain!!!!
    The pain is some times to mucho Peleas help!!!!

  19. Christina

    August 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I wonder if there are any grants for potential growers to put up a greenhouse,…me and my husband have wanted to do exactly what they are looking for,….we even have the seeds for the various strains,…

  20. M.Roy

    August 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I am interested in your proposal….Please send me more details regarding it.

  21. DeMarcus

    August 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Let’s do it . natural cures are the best!

  22. Anthony nunez

    August 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I am very interested on applying in this opportunity

  23. Paul LEPE

    August 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Where do I apply

  24. juan

    August 30, 2014 at 7:32 am


  25. alain beaulieu

    August 30, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Bravo que dire de plus .jai vraiment hate que le gouvernement Canadian metre ses culotes pour legaliser le produit au CANADA encore Bravo. 🙂

  26. Patrick

    August 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

    This grow offer from your Federal Government states nothing on Compensation for such work.

    I think its another Government ploy to track those who grow, or would like to grow.

    So now my question is, is why did you print this without first knowing everything about the program.

  27. kwamebinta

    August 30, 2014 at 6:37 am

    The government needs to look at how they are going to free cannabis prisoners and repair the lives damaged due to being arrested convicted and imprisoned because if the ungodly marijuana/hemp laws

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