The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday that it is drastically increasing the amount of cannabis the federal government plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds.
The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an official comment, and it was in favor of the increase.
“The DEA appreciates the support for this adjusted 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana which will provide for the estimated scientific, research and industrial needs of the United States,” states the announcement, published in the Federal Registry. “The A DEA has taken into consideration the one comment received during the 30-day period and the administrator has determined,” the notice says, that the change should be made.
The cannabis will be used by the National Institute of Health, though what specific studies the cannabis will be used for remains unknown.