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All Solutions For Medical Cannabis Point To Congress

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Today over 300 million Americans live in states with medical cannabis laws, and over 2 million individuals are legally using medical cannabis under these state programs. However, all of these patients and programs are in violation of federal laws.

The DEA's Decision Not to Reclassify Marijuana Means Almost Nothing

Rob Kampia | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Rob Kampia

But rescheduling marijuana would not have allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana nationwide. Coca leaves, from which cocaine is derived, are listed in Schedule II, but physicians cannot prescribe coca leaves -- and pharmacies cannot sell these leaves -- because no one has moved coca leaves through the FDA approval process to make them available by prescription.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Anti-Trump Rants

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This column has always loved a good rant. Most of the time, we provide our own rant at the end of the column, on a subject too big to be contained in talking points.

The Infuriating Catch-22 of Federal Marijuana Scheduling

Russ Belville | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Russ Belville

“I just heard that the DEA isn’t going to reschedule medical marijuana. What’s up with that?” That’s right. As far as Uncle Sam is concerned...

Bernie Sanders Slams Decision Not To Reclassify Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw some shade at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday. The DEA announced it would end the federal government...

Feds Open Door To More Pot Research While Keeping It Classified As One Of 'Most Dangerous' Drugs

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that it is ending the federal government’s decades-long monopoly on cultivation of marijuana ...

Feds To Make Major Announcement On Marijuana Regulation

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics

The U.S. government will announce on Thursday that it will allow more research into marijuana but rejected requests to loosen the classification of th...

For The First Time, Federal Judge Tosses Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence Obtained Without A Warrant

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, ...

War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

Friday Talking Points -- Trump Nickname Contest Finalists

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump all but declared war (once again) on the media this week, after they actually did their jobs and investigated whether Trump had made good on his claims of donating millions to veterans' charities.

For The First Time, The US Will Study Pot As A Treatment For PTSD

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial will look at the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating post traumatic stress disorder among veterans. The ...

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Judge Rules Against Ex-DEA Informant, Shows How The System Is Designed To Screw Sources

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

A federal judge sided with the U.S. government on Friday, dismissing a lawsuit brought by a former confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Adm...

Apple vs. FBI Is Not About Privacy vs. Security -- It's About How to Achieve Both

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 03.08.2016 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

The mainstream debate on encryption is tainted by an exaggerated reaction to the Snowden leaks. Many of those who side with Apple do so merely out of anxious suspicion of government surveillance by the NSA. We, however, reject this line of reasoning. Weakening encryption will make life easier for cyber criminals and cyber spies. But, at the same time, we have to find solutions to keep ourselves secure.

Feds Try To Combat Teen Heroin Use, But Can't Stop Talking About Weed

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

Last week, the FBI and DEA released "Chasing the Dragon," a documentary that paints an honest, unforgiving picture of opiate addiction's devastating, ...

Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

DEA Hired A TSA Informant To Help Take Cash From People's Luggage

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

A Department of Justice watchdog officially condemned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this month, following a report that the agency had recr...

Fair Trade Cocaine

Violeta Ayala | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

The drug war brought violence to Latin America, but let me tell you it's also brought opportunity and created a way to escape a system of deeply-ingrained poverty for hundreds of thousands of people.

My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.

Feds Urge Crackdown On Bad Cops, But Agencies Haven't Gotten The Message

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants local law enforcement agencies to crack down on officer misconduct. But the federal law enforcement agenc...

Marijuana News From the Budget Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.

The Narco-Terror Trap

ProPublica | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

IN DECEMBER 2009, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman, smugglers from northern Mali, walked through the doors of the Golden Tulip, a hotel in Accra,...

Venezuela Votes Soon -- And the U.S. Isn't Missing Its Chance to Meddle

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

By attempting to delegitimize -- with no evidence of possible fraud -- Venezuela's upcoming election, the U.S. and some of its allies are promoting instability and possible violence.

Congressman Calls For DEA Chief's Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg should be replaced after calling the no...

Friday Talking Points -- Rebutting GOP Debate Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

This week's talking points are all, essentially, rebuttals to the biggest nonsense espoused on the stage of the fourth Republican debate. It was hard to pick only seven, as there was a bumper crop of nonsense in this particular debate, so forgive us if your favorite didn't make the cut.