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Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a message for those considering legalizing marijuana: Please, thi...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just 'Makes Us Fight Harder' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of m...

Utah To Welcome Marijuana For Limited Medical Use

AP | MICHELLE L. PRICE | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they...

Louisiana Bans Synthetic Marijuana Components Following Health Scare

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

By Jon Herskovitz March 20 (Reuters) - Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to ste...

Ryan J. Reilly

The DEA Isn't Destroying As Much Weed As It Used To | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration destroyed fewer marijuana plants in 2012 and 2013 combined than it did in 2010 alone, according to n...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Official: 'Every Single Parent' Opposes Marijuana Legalization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana "insults our common values" and insisted that "eve...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA's Own Hiring Policy Admits Pot Isn't As Bad As Other Drugs | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Drug Enforcement Administration officials warn of the threat of legalizing marijuana and insist that it's one of the "most dangerous"...

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Mum As D.C. Prepares To Decriminalize Pot Possession | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation's capital on the brink of essentially decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, federal law enforcem...

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.

Ryan J. Reilly

Law Enforcement Group Says Pot Lobby Is High For Suggesting Obama Fire DEA Chief | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal law enforcement officers organization implied that a marijuana lobbying group was high and suppressing the First Amendment rig...

DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

The DEA has always ignored facts that support reforming drug laws, even when they come from within the agency.

Matt Sledge

The U.S. Is Still Losing The Global War On Drugs | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Inside the United States, a long and largely ineffective campaign to eradicate drugs is gradually evolving into acceptance of one key subs...

DEA Chief Says Legalization is 'Reckless and Irresponsible'

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The clouds have parted. The birds are chirping. It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this ...

Ex-DEA Agent Finds Unlikely New Role In Marijuana Industry

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA's Anti-Pot Campaign Is Losing Teens Thanks To State Legalization Efforts | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is blaming the legalization of marijuana in certain states for the fact that an increasi...

GOP Rep's Promising Career Derailed By Cocaine Bust

AP | MICHAEL J. MISHAK | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — From the outset, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel — a brash and digitally savvy darling of the political right — was determined to m...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says The Justice System He Leads Is Broken. Can He Fix It? | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, near LaGuardia Airport, was mostly Italian immigrants after World War II. But in the years tha...

More on the Burley Raid

Radley Balko | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday, we published my report on the 2007 drug raid of Geraldine and Caroline Burley, in which a team of DEA agents and deputies from Wayne Cou...

Radley Balko

Masked DEA Agents Raid Innocent Women, Refuse To Reveal Their Identities | Radley Balko | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Over a three-day period in June 2007, heavily armed SWAT teams, supported by tanks and helicopters, descended on Detroit's Eight Mile Road. The massiv...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Won't Crack Down On Armored Car Companies Working With Pot Shops | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration never told armored car companies not to work with state-legal cannabis providers, Deputy Attorney Ge...

Latest DEA Scandal: All Your Calls Belong to Us

Jag Davies | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Jag Davies

It's remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers. Over the last 40 years Congress has rarely held hearings on the DEA, its actions, or its efficacy. I hope this is a wake-up call for members of Congress.

DEA Has Reportedly Had Access To AT&T Database For Years

The New York Times | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T ...

Ryan Grim

Shocking Admission From DOJ On Weed | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is "actively considering" how to regulate interactions between banks and marijuana shops that operate within s...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement On Marijuana Legalization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder inf...