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Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Coast Guard Cutter Arrives In U.S. With 14 Tons Of Cocaine

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter arrived Thursday in San Diego with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge...

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Declare 'No Confidence' In DEA Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers said Wednesday that they have no confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart. Th...

Ryan J. Reilly

None Of The Agents Involved In DEA 'Sex Parties' Were Fired. Some Even Got Promoted.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration defended herself on Tuesday against charges by skeptical members of Congress that the DE...

Nick Wing

A Former Medellin Cartel Official Has Been A DEA Informant For 27 Years. Now He Wants Out.

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

After a career on the front lines of the drug war, Carlos Toro is making the biggest gamble of his life.

Matt Ferner

DEA Wants To Triple Government's Marijuana Production For Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday recommended that the federal government produce almost 900 pounds of marijuana for research in 2015, ...

Human Rights Watch Sues DEA Over Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

By David Ingram (Reuters) - Opening another front in the legal challenges to U.S. government surveillance, a human rights group has sued...

DEA 'Sex Scandal' Is Not About Sex - It's About Corruption and Impunity in the War on Drugs

Daniel Robelo | Posted 04.08.2015 | Crime
Daniel Robelo

Recent revelations that DEA agents attended "sex parties" hosted by the very drug traffickers they were supposed to be fighting fell like a bombshell. Despite the shocking headlines, though, this scandal isn't really about sex -- and it's much bigger than the DEA.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA, Secret Service Agents Accused Of Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two former federal law enforcement agents who investigated an online marketplace used to trade drugs have been arrested and charged with...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Agents Allegedly Hosted Cartel-Funded 'Sex Parties' In Government Quarters

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed abroad attended "sex parties" that were allegedly funded with money from drug cartels, ...

Nick Wing

DEA Approves Study Of Psychedelic Drug MDMA In Treatment Of Seriously Ill Patients

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration last week gave a green light to a clinical study that will test the safety and efficacy of MDMA for use in treatin...

Booker and Gillibrand Call for Compassion

Joe Schrank | Posted 03.17.2015 | New York
Joe Schrank

Senators Corey Booker (D, NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) stopped by the Manhattan office of the Drug Policy Alliance Sunday afternoon to promote their new bill, "The CARERS act".  Marijuana is currently a schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin.

DEA: If Utah Passes Medical Weed, Rabbits Will Get Stoned

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Where would this country be if Peter Cottontail got cottonmouth? Matt Fairbanks, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration's "marijuana er...

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

Matt Ferner

Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to...

DEA Acknowledges Keeping Secret Phone Records

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration has formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the ...

The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014

Rob Kampia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Task Force Officer Admits To Soliciting Sexual Favors From Drug Defendants

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON –- A police officer from Salem, Virginia, on a Drug Enforcement Administration task force out of Roanoke pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sol...

DEA Agents Surprise NFL Teams With Drug Checks

AP | JIM LITKE | Posted 01.16.2015 | Sports

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation in...

End the International Drug War to Control the Afghan Narco-State

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and honest central government in Afghanistan. How effective will Kabul be in limiting opium production when American troops go home?