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The more than 7,000 pounds of cannabis will be used in scientific studies investigating the effects of the plant.

The proposal is part of DEA's annual quota for the manufacture of controlled substances "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." "This will meet the need created by the increase in the amount of approved research involving marijuana," DEA said in a press release.