The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants 3,200,000 grams of marijuana to be legally grown in the U.S. next year, the agency announced in a notice set to be published on Thursday.
The more than 7,000 pounds of cannabis will be used in scientific studies investigating the effects of the plant.
The proposal is part of DEA's annual quota for the manufacture of controlled substances "to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, lawful export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks."
The anti-narcotics agency's suggested 2020 marijuana haul is more than 30 percent larger than this year's cannabis quota of 2,450,000 grams.
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