A Case Study on the Drug Enforcement Administration Marijuana Growers Program

November 2020

This case study was constructed in the Fall of 2019 to bring attention to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Marijuana Growers Program. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the use of federal resources to construct the marijuana growers program, which aims to increase the number of licensed marijuana growers to research and examine the effects of marijuana. Since the announcement of this program, cannabis growers across the country sprang into action to submit applications. However, in its initial stages, the statutory landscape complicated the approval process due to the U.S. obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 (Single Convention). It is recommended that the DEA routinely analyze regulatory guidelines to improve regulatory policy. Additionally, I recommend compliance centers to be instituted in this program to equip the DEA with the components needed to advance the regulatory objectives of the program and increase accountability. Lastly, I recommend the preparation of an administrative team to provide a clear pathway for trust and confidence as this program develops.