The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday recommended that the federal government produce almost 900 pounds of marijuana for research in 2015, more than triple the amount it had estimated it would need.
The proposal, signed by DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, seeks to increase the government’s pot production from its projected need of 125 kilograms (276 pounds) to 400 kilograms (882 pounds). The government needs more marijuana because of “unanticipated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States,” the DEA said in a notice published in the Federal Register.
The DEA must approve researchers’ licenses to handle and test marijuana, which is considered illegal under federal law, and must dole out the drug for research from a government stash. This is the second year in a row that the DEA requested an increase from what it had estimated it would need, reflecting rising interest in researching the drug…
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