DEA To Boost Marijuana Supply For Research

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is approving a massive increase in the amount of marijuana that government researchers can use for studies due to a growing interest in medical marijuana.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will now have access to 650 kilograms of pot, after the DEA announced Friday in the Federal Register it is raising the production quota from 21 kilograms.

“That’s a lot of marijuana,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said. “One kilogram is equivalent to a brick. So 650 kilograms would look like 650 bricks and would probably fill a cargo van.”

The increase comes as efforts to legalize medical marijuana have gained momentum around the country. The move could quiet some critics who say NIDA, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been tightfisted with its supply of research-grade pot.

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