It looks like the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is loosening up on medical cannabis – at least when it comes to research.
The federal agency was originally planning on boosting the amount of marijuana it plans to produce for research purposes from 125,000 grams to 400,000 grams. But the DEA recently gave the thumbs up to a much bigger increase in production, allowing up to 658,000 grams (or 1,451 pounds).
The increase will apply for the entire 2015 fiscal year.
The initial production spike was in response to a major increase in demand for CBD-based products, which have been legalized in multiple states to help treat severe cases of seizure disorders, such as epilepsy.
In addition, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has made a similar request for “additional supplies of marijuana… for ongoing and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana.”