DEA Chief Resigning by Week’s End

Chuck Rosenberg, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will resign at the end of the week, according to law enforcement officials.

According to a report today by the New York Times, Rosenberg plans to retire as he’s become convinced that President Trump has little respect for the law. Rosenberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015, has twice served as chief of staff to the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, who was fired by Trump in May.

Rosenberg’s exit doesn’t come as much surprise; In late July he reportedly told the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein that he did not want to be considered as the permanent administrator of the DEA.

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Send Letter to President Obama Calling for DEA Chief to be Fired

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DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg (photo source: Getty Images file).

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer made comments on the House floor calling for DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg to be fired for calling medical cannabis “a joke”, Now, Blumenauer has sent a letter to President Obama, signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, asking him to replace Rosenberg.

“On November 4th, Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in comments widely covered by the press, called the notion of smoking medical marijuana “a joke””, the letter begins. “His statements are indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed War on Drugs. They do not reflect the overwhelming body of testimonial evidence, reforms happening across the country at the state level and in Congress, or the opinion of the American people – and they certainly don’t reflect statements you’ve made or actions you’ve directed your agencies to take. Rather, these statements demonstrate Mr. Rosenberg is not the right person to lead the DEA.”

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Congressman Calls for Removal of DEA Chief for Calling Medical Cannabis a Joke

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

On Sunday we reported on a Change.org petition with over 80,000 signatures asking for the removal of DEA Chief Chuck Rosenber for calling medical cannabis “a joke” (the petition currently has over 91,000 signatures). Now, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) is also calling on Chuck Rosenberg to be replaced.

“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” said Blumenauer during a speech on the House floor. “What is a joke is the job Rosenberg is doing as acting DEA administrator.”

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Sign the Petition to Fire DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg for Calling Medical Cannabis a Joke

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DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg says calling cannabis medicine is “a joke”.

Recently Chuck Rosenberg, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told reporters he believes that calling cannabis medicine is “a joke”. This has immediately drawn backlash from supporters of medical cannabis, including a Change.org petition put forth by Marijuana Majority which has over 80,000 signatures at the time of this article’s publication.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said last week. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

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DEA Chief: Cannabis ‘Certainly is Not as Dangerous’ As Other Schedule 1 Drugs, Opposes Rescheduling Anyway

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DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg.

Chuck Rosenberg, Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated in a recent interview that he believes cannabis “certainly is not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances”. Despite this, Rosenberg says that cannabis has no medical value, and should remain a Schedule 1 drug which puts it alongside actually dangerous substances such as heroin.

In May, Rosenberg was selected by President Obama to succeed Michele Leonhart, who stepped down amidst controversy. Just a few months later, in August, Rosenberg made the news and excited cannabis reform advocates by saying that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than cannabis”, a fact that no prior DEA Chief has been willing to admit.

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DEA Chief Admits ‘Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana’

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DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg.

Chuck Rosenberg, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), says that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana”, the first sitting DEA chief to admit what most people have known for years.

The comment was made by Rosenberg during a conference with reporters on Wednesday morning. Rosenberg was clarifying comments he made last week, when he said that cannabis is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin.

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DEA Requests 1,500 Pounds of Cannabis be Cultivated for Research Purposes

Cannabis being cultivated for the U.S. government at the University of Mississippi.
Cannabis being cultivated for the U.S. government at the University of Mississippi (Photo Source: High Times).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants the government to cultivate nearly 1,500 pounds (680,000 grams) of cannabis this year for research purposes, nearly six times the amount they initially requested for the year.

At the beginning of the year, the DEA requested that 275 pounds of cannabis be cultivated for the year. They raised that number to roughly 900 pounds in April, and now, the agency is requesting that 1,450 pounds be cultivated.

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New DEA Chief to Focus Less on Cannabis, May Improve Methods to Reclassify and Declassify Cannabis

By Marijuana Business Daily

The incoming head of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly will focus less on marijuana and instead put more resources toward harder drugs such as heroin, which could relieve some pressure on cannabis businesses in states without strong regulations on the industry.

Chuck Rosenberg – who served as chief of staff to the director of the FBI – was named to the DEA’s top spot on an interim basis by newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Rosenberg is expected to remain in the position while President Barack Obama is in office, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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President Obama Selects Chuck Rosenberg to Head DEA

By Drug Policy Alliance

DEA Increasingly Scrutinized as States Legalize Marijuana and Public Opinion Turns Against Failed Drug War

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Chuck Rosenberg.

A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, for the past 18 months.

Outgoing DEA head Michele Leonhart announced her retirement last month in the wake of numerous scandals. She came under intense criticism for opposing the Obama administration’s efforts to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and for opposing the administration’s hands-off approach in the four states that have approved legal regulation of marijuana.

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