The DEA Wants to See More Marijuana Grown Next Year

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to call for a massive increase in the amount of cannabis to be grown for research purposes next year.

The DEA’s soon-to-be published Federal Register filing will reportedly increase the amount of cannabis that can be legally grown from 1,000 pounds to more than 5,400 pounds in 2019. In addition, the agency could allow up to 384,460 grams of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) next year.

It’s not clear whether the DEA’s move reflects supply conditions or something more significant.

The DEA’s huge increase in marijuana production quotas for 2019 could be a sign that it anticipates eventual approval of some of the additional grower applications, or it could just indicate that reserve stocks at the Mississippi farm are getting low and that it’s time to re-up the federal cannabis stash as interest in marijuana’s medical benefits and other effects increases among the public and scientists who wish to study it.

“While the drastic increase in requested production of marijuana by the DEA is a positive sign, significant barriers still exist including but not limited to the NIDA monopoly on cultivation and undue hurdles for researchers to qualify for a permit,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal in an interview. “It’s time that Congress look at the 28,000 plus peer-reviewed studies currently hosted on the National Institute of Health’s online database and reform federal law by removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act all together.”

The DEA’s decision to increase the amount of legally grown cannabis coincides with a call to sharply reduce the amount of some opioids being produced in the U.S.

Read more at Forbes.


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