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New York's Medical Marijuana Mess

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.03.2017 | New York
SidneyAnne Stone

Sadly, we are treating our responsible, medicinal marijuana users like criminals and forcing patients to go with prescription pain medications that are more affordable and/or covered by insurance -- but are also substantially more dangerous and less effective.

The Stakes Are High As DEA Reconsiders Waging War On The Herb Kratom

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

Seven weeks after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officially withdrew its plan to ban kratom, the federal government is once again set to dec...

DEA Officially Backtracks On Move To Ban Kratom, An Herb Many Use As Medicine

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration appeared to concede Wednesday that it had been too hasty in attempting to ram through a controversial ban on ...

DEA Cutting Production Of Prescription Opioids By 25 Percent In 2017

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to curb the national opioid epidemic by slashing the production of a number of popular prescription...

Senators Ask DEA To Delay Plans To Criminalize Another Herb

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

More than 10 senators are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to suspend plans to make the herbal supplement kratom a Schedule I substance ...

Congress Calls Out DEA For Unilateral Move To Expand The War On Drugs

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its decision to place the herbal supplement kratom ...

The DEA Didn't Talk To Kratom Users Before Pushing A Ban. Here's What They Would've Said.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics

“Oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, Darvocet.” Deanna McNair, 36, pauses before ticking off the rest of the drugs she’s been prescribed for pain fol...

The DEA Is Rushing To Criminalize Another Herb, And Congress Is Silent

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics

Nearly half a century into the war on drugs, Americans and their congressional representatives finally seem comfortable challenging the nation’s lon...

More Than 100,000 People Urge Obama To Stop The DEA From Banning Kratom

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics

Over 100,000 people are calling on President Barack Obama to intervene after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans to wage war on kratom...

Feds Declare War On Herb Touted As A Solution To Opioid Addiction

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to place the herbal supplement kratom on its list of Schedule I drugs, effectively banning a natura...

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, ...