The Drug Enforcement Administration published a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register, recommending that the federal government increase their marijuana production to 400 kilograms (882 pounds), more than three times the 125 kilos initially requested by the DEA for the year, as reported in The Huffington Post.
“Unanticipated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States” were cited by the DEA as the cause of their massively inflated weed order. But the DEA isn’t the only branch of government fiending for more weed. The agency’s proposal comes only a week after the federal government already invested an additional $65 million in marijuana cultivation. This also happens to be the second consecutive year that the DEA proposed an increase in marijuana production over their original request. In 2014, the order was increased to 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds).
Increased testing of CBD for medicinal purposes was cited as a motive for the increase in demand, along wtih a need “to provide for ongoing and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse handles all cultivation and distribution of marijuana products for research purposes in the government (curious minds can look at their selection of more than 100 cannabinoid compounds the agency offers to scientists, as well as their long list of government-manufactured hallucinogens, stimulants, opioids, dissociatives, sedatives, hypnotics, uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers).
Currently, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug with “no currently accepted medical use.”
The government will make their decision on this year’s proposed marijuana production increase after a 30 day period, during which time the public can comment on the DEA’s notice in the Federal Register