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Information on Marijuana Farm Contract

Revised May 2017

NIDA has awarded a contract under Request for Proposals (RFP) No. N01DA-15-7793 “Production, Analysis and Distribution of Cannabis, Marijuana Cigarettes and Related Materials" to the University of Mississippi. The RFP was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on September 26, 2014 and the period for receipt of proposals in response to the RFP closed on November 10, 2014. This Request for Proposal (RFP) was released under full and open competition procedures, therefore any individual or organization could have submitted a proposal. NIDA received more than one proposal, however the exact number and names of the individuals and/or organizations that submitted proposals for the RFP is procurement-sensitive information and cannot be released by the federal government. The contract is a base 1-year contract with four 1-year options.

Marijuana harvested at the University of Mississippi farm, 2017 Marijuana harvested at the University of Mississippi farm, 2017

The award notice and the RFP are posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website (https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/NIDA-01/N01DA-15-7793/listing.html). Information on the proposal submission/review process can be found in Sections L (Instructions, Conditions, and Notices to Offerors) and M (Evaluation Factors For Award) of the RFP and in NIH Policy Manual Chapter 6315-1, Initiation, Review, Evaluation, and Award of Research & Development (R&D) Contracts — http://oma1.od.nih.gov/manualchapters/contracts/6315-1/.

To serve the research community, NIDA has tried to build farm capacity flexible enough to accommodate various levels of demand for research marijuana and marijuana products over the next five years. While demand is generally low at this time, we cannot predict future needs. As a result, the highest figure in the new contract includes the costliest possible scenario that might involve a large increase in the demand for these products. It is unlikely that there will be such a level of  demand but NIDA will be prepared  if the budget can be acquired to fund them. NIDA receives its budget on an annual basis and any projections of costs beyond the current fiscal year are for planning purposes only; there is no assurance that such funds would be available. What can be confirmed is that NIDA has obligated approximately $1.5m for FY15.

This page was last updated May 2017

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