The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing an raise in the quantity of marijuana that would be grown for investigation by practically a third more than 2019’s level and practically triple that of 2018.

The DEA desires to increase the quantity from two,450 kilograms (five,401 pounds) in 2019 to three,200 kilograms in 2020 to meet an raise in authorized cannabis-associated investigation, according to a news release.

The announcement comes on the heels of the DEA articulating help for expanding marijuana investigation and licensing added growers.

But the agency mentioned it would very first propose new regulations, so the timing for licensing new growers is unclear.

Lawmakers and researchers have heavily criticized the DEA for failing to act on health-related marijuana investigation applications.

A judge lately ordered the DEA to clarify why it has been dragging its feet.

The University of Mississippi at present is the only DEA-licensed cannabis grower, and some researchers say the top quality of the marijuana is subpar.

The DEA also mentioned that 542 folks had been registered with the agency to conduct marijuana-associated investigation as of January 2019, up from 384 in January 2017.

The DEA’s cannabis production quotas are supposed to reflect the quantity necessary to meet the country’s reputable health-related, scientific, investigation, industrial and export requirements and to preserve reserves.

The agency will accept public comment on the proposed marijuana production amounts till 11:59 p.m. Oct. 10.

The DEA notice for proposed production of controlled substances is to be published with the Workplace of the Federal Register on Thursday. Till then, the agency supplied this hyperlink.