DEA Pushing for More Cannabis, Less Opioid Production in 2019

DEA Pushing for More Cannabis, Less Opioid Production in 2019

The Drug Enforcement Agency is pushing for more legal cannabis, while calling for the massive reduction of opioids in 2019, according to a Forbes report.

Under a new Federal Register filing yet to be published, the DEA wants to quintuple the amount of cannabis being legally grown in the U.S. for research purposes - from about 1,000 pounds in 2018 to more than 5,400 pounds in 2019.

Meantime, the DEA released a statement that said it is seeking to cut opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years. In the release, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "The opioid epidemic that we are facing today is the worst drug crisis in American history."

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