The Drug Enforcement Administration is the branch of the U.S. government tasked with cockblocking all of us from a peaceful coexistence with marijuana, but as it turns out the DEA isn’t all bad. As it turns out, both me and the DEA want more weed in circulation.
In a request filed today to the Federal Register, the DEA is requesting that the United States government starts growing a lot more weed. While this may seem like an unusual request from an administration who’s job is to minimize the amount of marijuana existing in the world, there are some logical reasons behind why the DEA is making this request of the U.S. government.
First and foremost: they need more marijuana for testing purposes, and in order to have more marijuana they need the government to grow a lot more weed. Unlike my very odunk way of describing the DEA’s request, they actually back up their wants and needs very eloquently in the notice filed today on the Federal Register:
The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to adjust the established 2015 aggregate production quota for difenoxin, diphenoxylate (for conversion), and marijuana which are schedule I and II controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.
Since the establishment of the initial 2015 aggregate production quotas, the DEA has received notification from DEA registered manufacturers that research and product development involving cannabidiol, is increasing beyond that previously anticipated for 2015. The associated product development activities are related to process validation and commercialization activities, including qualification activities related to potential U.S. Food and Drug Administration submission support.
Additionally, the DEA has also received notification from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that it required additional supplies of marijuana to be manufactured in 2015 to provide for ongoing and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana. NIDA is a component of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which oversees the cultivation, production and distribution of research-grade marijuana on behalf of the United States Government, pursuant to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (March 30, 1961, 18 UST 1407).
The Administrator, therefore, proposes to adjust the 2015 aggregate production quotas for difenoxin, diphenoxylate (for conversion), and marijuana, expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, as follows:
Long story short: the DEA wants the U.S. government to increase marijuana farming from 125,000g of Cannabis in 2015 to 400,000g of cannabis….. That’s a pretty sizable increase. That’s increasing output from ~275-pounds to roughly 883 pounds of the sticky icky. And that’s a MASSIVE INCREASE when you take into consideration last year’s increase: “Last August, DEA significantly increased the feds’ 2014 marijuana quota from 21,000 grams to 650,000 grams.” What I’m unclear of is why they’d revert from 650,000 grams last year to only 125,000 grams this year.
All of this is foolish anyways, because they should just work in tandem with the growers in Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon who are already monitored and regulated by the state governments. There’s already weed being grown all across the nation that’s passing very stringent testing requirements, but the DEA and the U.S government want to ignore that and grow their own kush. I won’t complain though, like I said before: more weed is better. And things are very much on the ‘up and up’, as the U.S. government just accidentally admitted that marijuana can shrink deadly brain tumors.
All that said, you might think I’m a massive stoner, but I’m not. The fact of the matter is that I rarely, if ever, smoke weed. I’m just an extreme advocate for ending marijuana prohibition because it’s foolish, and costly.
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To read the full filing from the DEA to the Federal Register CLICK HERE.