DEA Cements Plan to Boost Cannabis Production

For four years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed the federal government to grow a meager 46.3 pounds of cannabis annually for research purposes.

But this week, the agency formalized its intentions to dramatically boost that amount to 1,433 pounds in the name of science.

The crop will be grown by the University of Mississippi in cooperation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as part of an ongoing federal project involving marijuana research.

The increase in production was first announced in May. A public comment period followed. Just one comment was submitted, and it was supportive.

According to a May report in The Washington Post, one NIDA official said the agency will be funding more than 100 studies regarding marijuana, including 30 into “therapeutic uses” of the drug.

Such studies could help persuade more federal lawmakers to support reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I narcotic — alongside heroin and LSD — to a less harmful category, and could help pave the way for other federal legislation.

5 comments on “DEA Cements Plan to Boost Cannabis Production
  1. Windy City on

    …Every little bit helps and by the DEA taking a quantum leap acknowledging the need for medical research into the direct benefits of the medicine known as cannabis we very well may see another wave of states accepting the reality.

    The fact that, according to an article in JAMA magazine, states that have legalized medical marijuana experienced a 25% drop in deaths caused from opioid medications is not to be ignored, either.

    Cannabis IS medicine, after all!…

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  2. youdon'tknow? on

    Labs have tested University of Mississippi’s product in the past. There is a reason that it has had “No medicinal Value” all these years and that is because the THC potency is less than 2% by volume. To give you an idea, they have been growing Hemp, not consumable marijuana. This is a problem when they are doing case studies with their patients. How could smoking hemp help anyone when THC needs to be over 4% just to counter-act the effects of carcinogens found in cannabis? Please know, if they continue growing this same product, no matter what amount, they will come to the same conclusions. It’s smoke and mirrors, with no intent of healing this nation, it’s citizens or the world. Fight Cannabis becoming Schedule 2, we need it Schedule 3 or we will ALL LOSE OUT.

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  3. joe falco on

    youdon’tknow? what are you talking about? In nature, and up until the sinsemillan revolution in the late 70’s, “reggie” or regular cannabis (field grown, seedy, like old Michuocan or Columbian) was .5 to 2% as tested by High Times Magazine. When Humboldt growers started selling sinsemillan/nutrient grown it jumped to 4 and 5%, which was considered revolutionary. In nature cannabis that produces resin will typically yield a 1:1 “THC to CBD” ratio in the single digits. 2% is just fine for med use (though admittedly there are stronger strains if that’s what you want or need),and is not hemp. Less than a third of one percent or 0.3% is the internationally recognized standard for “no THC cannabis”. Regards,

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  4. Ken Stone on

    I wonder why no state’s have started marijuana business in the Southeast state’s like my state of South Carolina

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