The Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that the agency would increase the number of growers approved by the government to cultivate cannabis for research. In a notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, the DEA provided information on applications to cultivate marijuana it has received since it announced in 2016 that it would increase the number of approved growers and said that it would create new regulations before accepting additional applications.
“DEA is making progress in the program to register additional marijuana growers for federally authorized research, and will work with other relevant federal agencies to expedite the necessary next steps,” DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said in the press release.
Currently, the University of Mississippi is the only federally-approved source of cannabis for scientific research. But researchers have long complained that the marijuana grown by the university is of poor quality and not representative of the cannabis widely available in states with legal pot. Samples provided by the facility often contain seeds and stems and some have been moldy and unfit for use. The DEA anticipates that adding approved cultivators will increase the variety of marijuana available to researchers.
Although the agency hasn’t yet