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Feds to Grow 1,450 lbs. of Cannabis in 2016

On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a notice in the Federal Registry regarding the production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II.  Marijuana, still being classified as a Schedule I drug, requires more research according to public comments from licensed drug manufacturers.


The federal government is to produce 658,000 grams, just over 1,450 pounds of cannabis next year.  The DEA decided to increase the amount of cannabis production after hearing that the initially proposed quotas “were insufficient to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks.”

Chuck Rosenberg, DEA’s acting administrator, has signed the notice, writing, "the DEA has included in all established schedule II aggregate production quotas, and certain schedule I aggregate production quotas, an additional 25% of the estimated medical, scientific, and research needs as part of the amount necessary to ensure the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks.”

The DEA has continuously increased its marijuana quota.  In 2015 alone, the initial proposal was set for 125,000 grams, then increased to 400,000 grams before settling on 658,000 for the coming year.