DEA quotas for 2019 to increase cannabis, Decrease opioids in America

DEA quotas for 2019 to increase cannabis, reduce opioids in America

It seems common sense is dispersing to the historically anti-cannabis Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which is increasing the quantity of cannabis to be grown for scientific study next year by over 5X- from approximately 1,000 pounds in 2018 to 5,400 pounds in 2019, according to Forbes.

That means 2019 will see 2,450,000 grams of cannabis authorized to be increased for research purposes in comparison with the 443,680 grams grown in 2018!

But despite the increase in authorized cannabis being grown, the quantity of THC that the DEA is proposing to be produced in 2019 stays the same as 2018 in 384,460 grams.

Once the new quotas appear in the Federal Register, the general public will have 30 days to comment on the proposals.

It seems like nearly all the cannabis will come from a farm managed by the University of Mississippi, which has had a monopoly on cannabis made for scientific research since 1968, and despite complaints from scientists and researchers about the bureaucratic hoops they need to jump through just to acquire the cannabis and worries over the low quality of the cannabis, no new growers have been declared so far.

DEA wants fewer opioids

Better yet, at exactly the same time the DEA is enabling more cannabis for use for study, it is suggesting an average reduction of 10 percent in prescriptions for opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, and fentanyl- the six most often misused opioids, according to a DEA press release.

“We’ve lost too many lives to the opioid epidemic and communities and families suffer tragic consequences every day.

“This significant drop in prescriptions by physicians and DEA’s production quota adjustment will continue to decrease the amount of drugs available for illegal diversion and abuse while ensuring that patients will continue to have access to proper medication.

Even US Attorney General Jeff “Good individuals don’t smoke bud ” Sessions recognizes the urgency of this opioid crisis, calling it the “worst drug catastrophe in American history,” and going on to say that, “President Trump has set the ambitious goal of reducing opioid prescription rates by one-third in three years,” and they are “resolutely” committed to that objective.

Featured picture courtesy of Weed News.

Sources

DEA: Justice Department, DEA propose significant opioid production reduction in 2019.

Forbes: DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really.

Published at Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:00:53 +0000

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