The federal government plans to significantly increase the amount of marijuana it manufactures for research.
The U.S. News reports that the DEA increased production from 46.3 pounds to 1,433 pounds.
Before making the decision, the DEA sought public comment and received one remark in favor of the production 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,” a Tuesday notice in the Federal Register says.
The DEA didn’t approve enough marijuana for research last year, the U.S. News reported.
“Due to the manufacturing process unique to marijuana, including the length of time and conditions necessary to propagate and process the substance for distribution in 2014, it is necessary to adjust the initial, established 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana as soon as practicable,” the DEA said. “Accordingly, the administrator finds good cause to adjust the aggregate production quota for marijuana before accepting written comments from interested persons or holding a public hearing.”
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