The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants the government to cultivate nearly 1,500 pounds (680,000 grams) of cannabis this year for research purposes, nearly six times the amount they initially requested for the year.
At the beginning of the year, the DEA requested that 275 pounds of cannabis be cultivated for the year. They raised that number to roughly 900 pounds in April, and now, the agency is requesting that 1,450 pounds be cultivated.
According to a notice signed by DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, the cannabis is intended to be used for the “estimated scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States”.
The cannabis will be cultivated at the University of Mississippi, where the sole source of federally legal cannabis is cultivated.