Marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA meaning it has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. Because of this categorization, it is under intense restrictions making it very difficult for scientists to get funding for marijuana research. As of now there is only one federally sanctioned marijuana farm and it's located at the University of Mississippi, where recently the DEA signed off for the cultivation order to be tripled as research needs are much more than anticipated. This is a big step for federal marijuana soley for the purpose of condoning more testing and research to be done for the progress of the drug.
Last month, the DEA signed off on a NIDA request to more than triple federal marijuana cultivation from its previously stated 2015 quota of 276 pounds (125 kilograms) to 881 pounds (400 kilograms), explaining that "research and product development involving cannabidiol is increasing beyond that previously anticipated."
Original article: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/bcst-science-of-marijuana