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DEA Employees Fail Drug Tests, Shockingly Face No Serious Consequences

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

A number of federal employees with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have failed drug tests over the past five years, only to receive short su...

DEA Informant Who Helped Defeat Medellín Cartel Sues Feds For Back Pay

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

Carlos Toro spent more than 25 years helping the Drug Enforcement Administration build cases against some of the world's biggest drug traffickers. No...

Operation Naked King: U.S. Secretly Targeted Bolivia's Evo Morales In Drug Sting

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

The United States has secretly indicted top officials connected to the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales for their alleged invol...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

New DEA Chief: 'Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin.  DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told rep...

Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Nora Volkow | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress.

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

These Native American Tribes Legalized Weed, But That Didn't Stop Them From Getting Raided By The Feds

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

In the foggy early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration and stat...

Venezuelan Vet Arrested For Allegedly Implanting Heroin In Puppies

AP | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan veterinarian wanted by the U.S. for allegedly trafficking heroin by implanting it in puppies...

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole Money From His Wallet

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

There's legal theft -- and then there's just plain old theft.

$50 Million Worth Of Heroin Seized In New York's Largest Bust Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Crime

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Tuesday that it has seized 154 pounds of heroin, worth $50 million, from a secret compartment in a vehic...

Reflections on Colombia's "Narco-Paramilitary State"

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

In his contribution to the recent report put together by the Historical Commission of the Colombian Armed Conflict and Its Victims (Feb. 2015), one of Colombia's bravest voices, Father Javier Giraldo, S.J., gives his take on "The Origins of The Armed Conflict, its Persistence and its Impacts."

Matt Ferner

Mock Ad For New DEA Chief Shows What It Takes To Be A 'Real' Drug Warrior | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

A leading drug policy reform group has created a satirical ad seeking a new Drug Enforcement Administration chief that skewers the DEA in the wake of ...

Friday Talking Points -- Giggles the Pig For Mayor!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.

Nick Wing

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer | Nick Wing | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan...

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Congress must thoroughly review the tactics that place agents and contractors in cozy contact with the cartels they are supposed to be dismantling. It must also take this opportunity to consider whether the DEA is fulfilling its mandate -- and to reassess that mandate.

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Encourage Obama To Select A Progressive New DEA Chief | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

In a letter sent Friday, a group of lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to select a more progressive head of the Drug Enforcement Administrati...

DEA Chief Resignation Opportunity to Appoint Reformer

Bill Piper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

As states legalize marijuana, reform sentencing, and treat drug use more as a health issue and less as a criminal justice issue, the DEA must change with the times. Michele Leonhart's departure is an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.

The Kingpin Strategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of "high-value targeting," our preferred euphemism for assassination.

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Most Americans Still Have Faith In The Police, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Despite all the stories about police violence and bad behavior in federal law enforcement, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey shows that most Americans stil...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Resign Amid 'Sex Party' Scandal, Policy Disagreements | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign next month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. D...

Informant Held Captive By DEA Gets Support From Agent Who Recruited Him: 'He's Paid His Dues'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

Earlier this month, Carlos Toro revealed himself for the first time via The Huffington Post as a former Medellín cartel official who became an inform...