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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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | 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.

Friday Talking Points -- Jeb Bush, Hispanic?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You can tell it's been a slow week in politics, when we're wasting paragraphs on such trivia. But that's life here at the meager beginnings of the 2016 campaign trail. It's April, after all, and we've only got two announced candidacies, officially.

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 ...

Friday Talking Points -- An Alternate Reality to Consider

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The talking points flying around this week have all been on a single subject -- the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier captured in the war in Afghanistan.

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

Drug War Tactics Inconsistent With Law Enforcement Ethics

Diane Goldstein | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

During my law enforcement career I became increasingly cynical as my profession showed me the dark side of human nature. But today my cynicism turned to a lack of respect for the professional drug warriors also known as the Drug Enforcement Agency.

State's Hemp Law Sparks Risky Situation

AP | LISA RATHKE | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

WAITSFIELD, Vt. -- Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that...

PHOTOS: Woman's Massive Marijuana Operation Busted In Queens

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 08.05.2013 | New York

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — She lived in a big house in a manicured suburb, took riding lessons on her $10,000 horse and drove a Mercedes. But Andrea Sand...

Obama's Drug Problem

William Chambliss | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
William Chambliss

Law-enforcement agencies are themselves "addicted" to drugs. They have grown dependent on the crime-fighting statistics generated by drug arrests. The employment of prison staff depends on extraordinary rates of incarceration.

Lucia Graves

Federal Court To Mull Marijuana As Medicine

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

It started with a coalition of disgruntled Americans, then a handful of governors took up the cause last year, and now -- for the first time in nearly...

Drug Cartels Follow Mexican Immigrants Into Middle America

The Huffington Post | Victoria Infante | Posted 08.31.2012 | Latino Voices

Hidden on private property in Wilmington, North Carolina, Federal agents found a plot of 2,400 marijuana plants in June 2009. The growers, who had...

The Fallacy of the DEA: Why the Agency Needs to Concede to Legal Marijuana

Jamie Haase | Posted 09.08.2012 | Crime
Jamie Haase

Unfortunately for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the organization is single minded for the most part, meaning there's no backup plan should Americans one day decide to do away with prohibition altogether.

DEA Agent Kills Suspected Trafficker In Honduras

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 08.24.2012 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote n...

Democrat Slams DEA Chief Over Marijuana Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics

Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, ducked a tough line of questioning from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday, re...

DEA Embroiled In Prostitution Scandal

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department inspector general's office was investigating possible misconduct by two or more Drug Enforcement Administration a...

Honduran Area Wants DEA To Leave After Deadly Operation

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 07.17.2012 | World

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Bullets flew as U.S. helicopters swooped toward a river boat. Honduran national police rappelled to the ground and local...

Why We Fight for Medical Cannabis - and How Congress Can Help Us Win

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Steph Sherer

My friend is still alive. Marijuana will not reverse the course of her illness, but thanks to high-quality cannabis products, she is alert enough to talk to her friends and family for what may be the last time.

State Legislature OKs Hemp Farming

AP | Posted 03.08.2012 | Green

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire House is giving the nod to hemp farmers after passing a bill to protect industrial hemp from being tagged as an ill...

DEA Raids Artist Mecca On Suspected Pot Bust

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 02.03.2012 | Detroit

Federal drug enforcement agents raided part of a Detroit warehouse known for its market and artist studios, and more recently its medical marijuana fa...