Feds Seek To Increase Marijuana Production Quotas

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 7, 2015

    Marijuana cropsFor the second year in a row, federal officials are seeking to increase the supply of cannabis the government makes available for research protocols.

    DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart filed paperwork today announcing that the agency is seeking to increase its marijuana production quota for the year 2015 by nearly three-fold.

    Federal regulations permit a farm at the University of Mississippi to cultivate set quantities of cannabis for use in federally approved clinical trials. Regulators at the DEA, the US Food and Drug Administration, PHS (Public Health Service), and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse must approve any clinical protocol seeking to study the plant’s effects in human subjects.

    The agency says that the increased production is necessary because “research and product development involving cannabidiol is increasing beyond that previously anticipated.” The agency further acknowledges having received increased requests from NIDA “to provide for ongoing and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana.”

    20 responses to “Feds Seek To Increase Marijuana Production Quotas”

    1. Julian says:

      “! Hurry, damnit! Judge Mueller is about to read her verdict! We need 50 more acres of weed to prove that marinol is better than herbal cannabis! And if that doesn’t work, release the Kraken!”

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      Does anybody believe the research will be ‘fair and balanced?’

    3. pamela bruno says:

      I’m hoping this federal agency doesn’t fall weak to pharmaceutical America allowing them to insist on adding their poisons to this naturally beneficial substance

    4. Miles says:

      I do not trust anything involving NIDA or the DEA! They need to go the way of the dinosaur. Those corrupt organizations have sucked billions of dollars from our economy and have done tremendous harm to our country.

      Am I Wrong???

      Personally, I equate Michelle Leonhart with Satan considering how many good lives she has played a part in destroying.

    5. Miles says:

      I am definitely not alone in my utter distrust and contempt for the DEA and the war against good people who choose to use marijuana. Check this out:


      It is almost unbelievable that our Govt continues to allow these rogue agencies to exist let alone fund them with our tax money!

      I pray that President Obama does a whole lot more before he leaves office. This is a complete national disgrace!

    6. Bob Constantine says:

      Marijuana has already been researched for thousands of years.

      The evidence clearly indicates it will make you want to be nice to people. Horrible stuff, very horrible.

    7. Julian says:

      Meanwhile, under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 the Office of National Drug Control Policy is STILL ordered to use our tax dollars to deny the medical efficacy of marijuana. Who are they harvesting for? Pfizer? GW Pharmaceuticals? So they can make Marinol?
      An article like this is a gut-wrenching reminder to Americans that our own government, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, has been the world’s leading drug cartel. Congressman and Judges have taken too many “campaign contributions” so that we wouldn’t even be this far in our legalization movement without voter initiatives. It’s time to take our legalization movement to the United Nations. Legalizing marijuana alone in the United States is having powerful effects on world

      At this moment, Mexico’s government has recently been declared war on by the “New Generation Jalisco Cartel.” This is rare to declare war on the government, even for a powerful cartel in Mexico. But everyone knows Nieto’s Administration IS the principal cartel in Mexico.
      Reduced income from legalized Marijuana in the U.S. Is causing the Mexican government to shake down lesser cartels to answer the debt. It’s a shame Nieto doesn’t have the valor to open the discussion for legalization with the U.S. and the U.N.
      My feeling is things will get worse before they get much better. It’s a matter of time.

    8. SgtStorm says:

      Not a single penny of fed money for marijuana research should go to a prohibitionist state!

    9. Chris Moore says:

      Why can’t we take the thousands of studies done world wide and use that info that is already out there. Several countries have done extensive studies on marijuana. Just like engineers use foreign blueprints to design tons of things from cars to engines of all kinds, etc. They say they’ve been studying it for years, how long does it take? The FDA approves pills of all kinds that actually kill people daily all over this country. Alcohol, tobacco products, and prescription drugs kill and addict people daily and yet they’re still studying marijuana that has been here for thousands of years, I call bullcrap…

    10. thelatchkeykid says:

      I think if those guys (DEA) would have simply not destroyed the 13 million or so plants confiscated in 2012 & 13 they wouldn’t have to make such a request. I get it. Destroy everyone else’s safely produced medicine but ask for more from the monopolized government slight of hand 80 year bamboozle we dooped you crew.

      On top of that, as the NIDA has just done, quietly announce it’s benefits to fight aggressive cancer, have a patent for it as a neurological protectant, and help other pharmaceutical markets grow while still arresting those who have such medicine on them.

      I just read a great write up from a guy named Timothy Cuffman called “The 21st Amendment in the 21st Century Lessons for Cannabis Reform” Here’s some intelligent insight. http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Timothy_Cuffman_Essay.pdf