The Drug Enforcement Agency released a notice on Thursday, September 1, proposing a significant increase to the production of cannabis and psilocybin meant for research purposes. The agency stated that it intends to produce 2 million grams (the equivalent of 4,400 pounds) of flower marijuana, an increase of 500,000 grams from its initial quota for 2021, and 500,000 grams of cannabis extract—more than double its original quota for the year. Instead of producing 50 grams of psilocybin and 50 grams of psilocin, the DEA has increased its quota to 1,500 grams of psilocybin and 1,000 grams of psilocin.
“DEA firmly believes in supporting regulated research of schedule I controlled substances,” the agency said in the notice. “Therefore, the [Aggregate Production Quota] increases reflect the need to fulfill research and development requirements in the production of new drug products, and the study of marijuana effects in particular, as necessary steps toward potential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new drug products.”
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