The DEA announced that it wants to see 3.2 million grams (approx. 7,000 pounds) of marijuana grown in the U.S. in 2020 for research purposes.
The DEA has an annual quota of controlled substances that it needs to meet for research and science purposes, Forbes reported, and the quota for marijuana was just increased by over 30% from 2019’s quota of 2.45 million grams.
“This will meet the need created by the increase in the amount of approved research involving marijuana,” DEA said in a press release. “Over the last two years, the total number of individuals registered by DEA to conduct research with marijuana, marijuana extracts, derivatives and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has increased by more than 40 percent, from 384 in January 2017 to 542 in January 2019.”
One reason for the increase is due to the efforts by the agency to increase the number of allowed licensed growers of marijuana. For decades, only the University of Mississippi was permitted to grow marijuana for research needs. And several researchers have indicated that the quality of the marijuana coming from this facility is poor and doesn’t adequately meet the needs of scientific research purposes.