[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 165 (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50944-50945]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20317]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Drug Enforcement Administration

[Docket No. DEA-378]


Controlled Substances: Adjustment to the Established 2014 
Aggregate Production Quota for Marijuana

AGENCY: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice addresses a comment received as a result of a 
notice with request for comments published May 5, 2014, adjusting the 
established 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana, a schedule I 
controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

DATES: Effective August 26, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Imelda L. Paredes, Office of Diversion 
Control, Drug Enforcement Administration; Mailing Address: 8701 
Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152, Telephone: (202) 598-
6812.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Legal Authority

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) implements and enforces 
titles II and III of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and 
Control Act of 1970, as amended. Titles II and III are referred to as 
the ``Controlled Substances Act'' and the ``Controlled Substances 
Import and Export Act,'' respectively, and are collectively referred to 
as the ``Controlled Substances Act'' or the ``CSA'' for the purpose of 
this action. 21 U.S.C. 801-971. The DEA publishes the implementing 
regulations for these statutes in title 21 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR), parts 1300 to 1321. The CSA and its implementing 
regulations are designed to prevent, detect, and eliminate the 
diversion of controlled substances and listed chemicals into the 
illicit market while providing for the legitimate medical, scientific, 
research, and industrial needs of the United States. Controlled 
substances have the potential for abuse and dependence and are 
controlled to protect the public health and safety.
    Section 306 of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 826) requires the Attorney 
General to establish aggregate production quotas for each basic class 
of controlled substance listed in schedules I and II each year. The 
Attorney General has delegated this authority under 21 U.S.C. 826 to 
the Administrator of the DEA, 28 CFR 0.100.

Background

    The DEA established the initial 2014 aggregate production quotas 
and assessments for annual need on September 9, 2013 (78 FR 55099). The 
notice stipulated that, as provided for in 21 CFR 1303.13, all 
aggregate production quotas and assessments for annual need are subject 
to adjustment. On May 5, 2014, a notice titled, ``Controlled 
Substances: Adjustment to the Established 2014 Aggregate Production 
Quota for Marijuana,'' was published in the Federal Register (79 FR 
55099). That notice adjusted the established 2014 aggregate production 
quota for marijuana for reasons stated therein. All interested persons 
were invited to comment on or object to the adjusted 2014 aggregate 
production quota for marijuana on or before June 4, 2014.

Comments Received

    The DEA received one comment on the notice with request for 
comments. The commenter supported the adjusted 2014 aggregate 
production quota for marijuana. The DEA appreciates the support for 
this adjusted 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana which will 
provide for the estimated scientific, research, and industrial needs of 
the United States.

Determination for Adjusting the Established 2014 Aggregate Production 
Quota for Marijuana

    The DEA has taken into consideration the one comment received 
during the 30-day period and the Administrator has determined, pursuant 
to Section 306

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of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 826), based on all of the above, and for the 
reasons stated in the May 5, 2014, notice, that the adjusted 
established 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana to be 
manufactured in the United States in 2014 to provide for the estimated 
scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, and 
the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks, expressed in grams 
of anhydrous acid or base, shall remain as follows:

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                                            Previously
         Basic class-schedule I             established    Adjusted 2014
                                            2014 quota         quota
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Marijuana...............................        21,000 g       650,000 g
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    Dated: August 20, 2014.
Michele M. Leonhart,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-20317 Filed 8-25-14; 8:45 am]
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