Grow Canada: Health Canada Medical Marijuana Contract Has Bidders Abuzz 6/2/00

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In a matter of days, Health Canada, the Canadian government's medical agency, will close bidding on a five-year, $5 million contract to provide the raw material for clinical research trials on marijuana's efficacy and safety for medical purposes. The contract calls for the production of 100,000 joints and 100 kilograms in the first year, with those amounts doubling during the program's remaining four years. The successful bidder must grow, cultivate, dry, prepare and deliver the weed to the Canadian government.

Applicants are required to have a science degree and be bilingual in French and English. They (and their employees) also must have no drug-related criminal records since 1985 and must provide security measures for their crops, including cameras, infrared sensors, and barbed wire fencing. Bidders must be able to show they have the financial capability and the proper resources to complete the project. The government is interested only in growing greenhouse marijuana.

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