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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 ...

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 rec...

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 ...

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

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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.

Thousands Demand Firing Of DEA Chief Over Medical Pot Remarks

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

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Heroin Deaths Are Surging, But The Deadliest Drugs Are Still Pills

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Prescription drugs kill more people in the U.S. than any other drug, but heroin overdose deaths have exploded, leading the Drug Enforcement Administra...

Cops Aren't Worried About Marijuana, DEA's Own Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

Local and state law enforcement nationwide sees weed as the least of its drug worries, a report from the Drug Enforcement Administration found -- even...

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.

DEA Agents Received Bonuses During 'Sex Parties' Investigation

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several employees at the Drug Enforcement Administration received bonuses while they were under investigation in connection with sexual ...

Mexico Says Drug Boss Guzman Narrowly Evades Capture

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.17.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The world's most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, narrowly evaded security forces searching for him in th...

Mexican Authorities Go After El Chapo In The Sinaloa Mountains

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

Mexican authorities may be closing in on escaped drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, but they still haven't...

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.