Thanks to the incoming government sequester, automatic budget cuts are put in place today, March 1st. As part of these budget cuts, the Drug Enforcement Administration is set to lose $166 million in funding.
This cut will drop the overall funding of the DEA to a level it hasn’t been at since the 2002-2003 budgetary calendar.
In addition, numerous other government agencies that perpetuate the drug war will be getting a cut. Here’s a breakdown of where the funding will be trimmed.
- The Department of Defense’s Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities budget of $1.6 billion will be reduced by $157 million
- The Department of Justice Interagency Crime and Drug Enforcement budget of $528 million will be reduced by $43 million.
- The DEA Diversion Control Fee Account budget of $335 million will be reduced by $25 million.
- The Office of National Drug Control Policy budget of $25 million will be reduced by $2 million.
- The High-intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program budget of $239 million will be reduced by $20 million.
- “Other Federal Drug Control Programs,” with a total budget of $100 million, will undergo $8 million in cuts.
Although we have little doubt that they’ll try, these cuts will make it even more difficult for the DEA and the White House to continue its war on cannabis consumers.