The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced plans to get a whole lot more research weed in this country.

The agency wrote in a publc poston the Federal Register that it will “expand opportunities for marijuana growers who seek to grow marijuana for research purposes

Currently, there is only one facility in the United States licensed to produce cannabis for research purposes, the University of Mississippy. The quality of this cannabis is laughably, notoriously bad, with an analysis from the University of Northern California reportingthat the weed is so low in THC content that it more closely resembles industrial hemp than it does the cannabis which is stocked in your local pot shop.

For years, the DEA has said it would improve the abyssmal state of U.S. research cananbis. In 2016, the agency announcedthat it would “increase the number of entities registered under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to grow marijuana to supply legitimate researchers in the United States.”

As of last year, they had noy yet followed up on even one of the more than two dozen applications for research cultivation which had been filed by private companies. However, maybe the DEA is now changing its tune.

Sinces 2017, there has been a 58% increase in the number of researchers authorized to use cannabis in its studies, and the DEA has increased its quota for research cannabis from 472 kilograms to 3,200 kilograms.

In a press release in late March, they agency’s Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillonwrote that it “continues to support additional research into marijuana and its components, and we believe registering more growers will advance the scientific and medical research already being conducted.”

“DEA is making progress to register additional marijuana growers for federally authorized research, and will continue to work with other relevant federal agencies to expedite the necessary next steps.”

Under the new proposal, the DEA would become a middleman for all research cannabis in the U.S., buying all product from licenesed suppliers and then selling it to researchers. Currently, the University of Mississippi sells directly to researchers.

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Natalie