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Report Blames DEA Agents For Abandoning Student In Cell

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed San Diego student locked in a cell for five days with...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Officials Responsible For Nearly Killing College Student, DOJ Watchdog Finds | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four separate employees of the Drug Enforcement Administration saw or heard a college student who was left handcuffed in a holding cell ...

Friday Talking Points -- Courtin' Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of June is an important time on the political calendar, but it is one which most Americans don't really think about all that much. It's hard to fault this, so let's take a quick run through the important decisions handed down in the past week.

Matt Ferner

Feds To Consider Reclassifying Marijuana As Less Dangerous Drug | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

The feds could actually soften their stance a little when it comes to weed. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surr...

Another US Spying Problem in Latin America: The Drug Enforcement Agency

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

This is potentially an even bigger breach of diplomatic trust than the NSA spying that Dilma denounced at the United Nations.

Matt Ferner

REPORT: DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science On Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a...

Strippers Accused Of Drugging Men, Running Up Huge Credit Card Bills

| Posted 06.11.2014 | Crime

By Murray Weiss and Trevor Kapp FLUSHING — A team of strippers drugged wealthy men and took them to strip clubs where they ran up huge charges on...

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

It's increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science to the DEA is akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse. And what's most striking is how little scrutiny the DEA has faced from Congress or other federal overseers.

Friday Talking Points -- An Alternate Reality to Consider

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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.

Ryan J. Reilly

Doctors Say DEA Blackmailed Them Over Medical Marijuana Ties | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are being accused of threatening doctors affiliated with medical marijuana dispe...

Ryan Grim

Senate Takes Bipartisan Shot At Drug Enforcement Administration | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to block efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack dow...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Employee, Contractor Husband Admit To Faking Kidnapping Plot | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An employee of the Drug Enforcement Administration and her contractor husband pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to FBI agents after pret...

Ryan J. Reilly

House's Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote Shocks Even Longtime Supporters | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an am...

Matt Ferner

House Tells DEA To Leave State Hemp Programs Alone | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House members early Friday blocked the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to interfere in state-legal industrial hemp rese...

Ryan J. Reilly

House Blocks DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reflecting growing national acceptance of cannabis, a bipartisan coalition of House members voted early Friday to restrict the Drug Enfo...

Ryan J. Reilly

House Gives A Raise To DEA As Congressman Asks Why | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House of Representatives from both parties took aim at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday, even as the House...

Hemp Amendments Could Block DEA From Interfering With Programs Legalized By States

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. House will vote on two amendments Thursday that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with industrial hemp prog...

Feds Finally Release Kentucky's Hemp Seed Shipment

The 420 Times | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

"This is a historic day," Commissioner Comer declared. "We've done something that no one thought we could do a year-and-a-half ago. We legalized industrial hemp and we've proven that it's an agricultural crop and not a drug."

Feds Release Hemp Seeds To Kentucky Officials

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Tiny hemp seeds that produced a drawn-out legal fight were freed from confinement and delivered Friday to Kentucky's Agricultu...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 'Sweeping' New FBI Recording Policy Will Protect Both Suspects, Agents | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A "sweeping" new Justice Department policy that instructs federal agents with the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service to electronica...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Leaps To Defense Of DEA Chief Against 'Nixonian' Obama Administration | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) this week jumped to the defense of Michele Leonhart, the Drug Enforcement Administration head who has recently b...

Old Drug Warriors Mukasey and Bennet Urge Senate to Scrap Sentencing Reform

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Former leaders within the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring matc...

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 05.15.2014 | 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.

Ryan Grim

Kentucky Sues DEA To Free Its Impounded Hemp Seeds [UPDATE] | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Kentucky on Wednesday sued the federal government for return of agricultural hemp seeds seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency...