Despite the Drug Enforcement Agency continuing to uphold laws that classify marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, they also love growing cannabis. In fact, if the DEA gets their way, they'll grow nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana in 2018.
The DEA released a proposal today in which they asked permission to grow 443,680 grams (about 978 pounds) of marijuana in 2018. The agency says this amount is necessary 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."
Believe it or not, that's actually a reduction from the amount of marijuana the DEA grew in 2017. This year, the agency grew 472,000 grams of marijuana to provide to researchers of the drug. This actually means the DEA's 2018 proposal is somewhat illogical, because the agency has also called for greater research to be done into cannabis, but they're growing less of it. If they want to study it more, shouldn't they grow more as well?
The DEA isn't just growing marijuana, but they are cultivating way more of it than other drugs. In addition to cannabis, the agency will grow 92,120 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of LSD, 45 grams of heroin, 30 grams of psilocybin, 30 grams of ibogaine and other substances as well.
It should be noted that the DEA growing a lot more marijuana for research would indicate that they believe there must be some kinds of positive effects for the drug. Otherwise, why wouldn't they just grow a small amount like they do with heroin or LSD? If marijuana is so worthy of research and study, maybe it isn't as dangerous a drug as the federal government says?
It's almost like the DEA knows marijuana isn't that bad for you, but their jobs and funding rely on pretending it is. That couldn't possibly be the case though, right?