DEA Praises Man Who Once Said Marijuana “Makes Darkies Think They’re as Good as White Men”

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has Tweeted praise towards an unabashed racist who helped make marijuana illegal.

No one is more responsible for marijuana  prohibition than Harry J. Anslinger, a former government official who used racism to make the point that marijuana use should be a crime. When arguing for prohibition, Anslinger made statements such as “reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men“, and “marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes”.

Despite this disgusting and blatant racism, the DEA sent out a Tweet yesterday praising the man.

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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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DEA Approves THC Medicine for Schedule 2

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has given approval to a pharmaceutical THC product.

Syndros.

After waiting roughly two years, the pharmaceutical drug company Insys has received approval from the DEA for their product Syndros. Syndros, according to Westword, is “an oral remedy containing THC”, which has been approved to treat nausea and vomiting, particular for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

The DEA’s approval of Syndros flies contrary to their stance of cannabis being a schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no known medical value. That can’t, however, be true if one of its primary compounds has been proven to being medically beneficial, and has been approved for medical use.

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DEA Gives Washington State Approval to Import Hemp Seeds

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds.

“It’s a real, real possibility we’ll have a spring planting of hemp,” says WSDA’s hemp coordinator Emily Feblesy According to Feblesy the WSDA has proposed rules for hemp cultivation and hopes to issue licenses to growers, seed distributors and processors in May.

Washington now joins several other states – including Oregon – that have received DEA approval to import hemp seeds.

For now, the hemp grown in Washington will be for research purposes. However, a bill to legalize commercial hemp cultivation, without a license and without a grow limit, recently passed the state’s House of Representatives with a unanimous 98 to 0 vote. The measure must now be passed by the Senate in order to be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.

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After Months of Public and Legal Pressure, DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation from Website

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed marijuana misinformation from their website following months of public and legal pressure.

After months of public pressure, and a legal request by the nonprofit medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, the DEA has removed factually inaccurate information about marijuana from their website.

As part of the legal request, Americans for Safe Access argued that there was over 25 incorrect statements on the DEA’s website about cannabis, which violates the Information Quality Act, which prohibits government agencies from providing false information to the public, and requires them to respond to requests for correction of information within 60 days.

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Kratom Becomes Illegal Friday, Petition to the White House Reaches Signature Goal

kratom
Kratom.

At the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will be adding kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, placing it alongside substances such as heroin and cannabis. The move will be made official starting Friday, September 30th.

Kratom, for those who don’t know, is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia that has been consumed for hundreds of years in numerous countries for its supposed medical and theruptic properties. Up to this point it’s been legal throughout the United States in all but a few states. However, its use has gained popularity in recent years, and clearly the DEA sees making it illegal as another reason for their continued existence (as we mention in a recent article, kratom will continued to be sold, just through black-market means rather than through tax-paying businesses).

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Kratom to be Made Illegal by End of Month, Placed as Schedule 1

An evil kratom leaf.
An evil kratom leaf.

At the end of last month the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will soon be adding kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substances alongisde heroin and cannabis. In talking with a spokesperson for the administration, we found that the change will be made official by the end of September, 30 days after the announcement was made.

Like cannabis, kratom is a natural substance that has been used for medical and therapeutic reasons for hundreds of years. The tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and has been entirely legal in the United States up to this point, with it sold in headshops and gas stations across the country (not to mention easily found online).

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A Look at Why the DEA is Making Kratom Illegal

Making Kratom Illegal
Kratom leaves.

To the surprise of many, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last week that kratom – a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia that has been used in many countries for hundreds of years, and has been gaining popularity in the U.S. – will soon be made illegal. It will be placed as a Schedule 1 drug, indicating that it’s one of the most dangerous substances on the planet; this will put it alongside substances such as heroin and cannabis.

Although on the surface one may wonder why the DEA would make this decision – to outlaw another natural substance – when looking a little deeper, it becomes painfully clear: The DEA is establishing another prohibition to help ensure its continued existence once cannabis is inevitably legalized.

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American Legion Calls on Government to Remove Cannabis as Schedule 1 Drug

American Legion The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization with over 2.4 million members, has passed a resolution calling on the federal government to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 controlled substance which indicates it has no medical value. This is the first time the organization, formed in 1919, has passed a resolution calling on a reformation of cannabis laws.

Specifically, the resolution calls for the government to “amend legislation to remove marijuana from schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.” The resolution, which also calls on the DEA to “license privately-funded medical marijuana production operations in the United States to enable safe and efficient cannabis drug development research”, was given approval at the group’s annual meeting in Cincinnati which took place between August 30 and September 1.

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The DEA Sucks At Math

By Tom Angell, Marijuana.com

deaThe U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has a very strict anti-drug policy for its hirees. But the agency apparently has no requirement that its employees grasp basic mathematics skills.

See if you can spot the error in this DEA filing scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday:

DEA federal register math error

Yep: 33 minutes is not the equivalent of .33 hours.

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