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U.S. House Committee Approves Bill Directing the DEA to Streamline Cannabis Research Approval Process

The United States House Appropriations Committee has voted to approve legislation that would direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to determine a plan for accelerating the approval process for those wanting to study cannabis. Specifically, the provision – which is attached to a federal spending bill – mandates the agency to “review all relevant DEA …

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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 …

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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 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, …

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Tennessee Receives Approval from DEA to Import Hemp Seeds

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds. The production and cultivation of industrial hemp became legal in Tennessee on July 1st of last year, thanks to legislation approved by lawmakers – and signed by the state’s governor – earlier that year. The law allows …

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Confirmed: DEA Head Michele Leonhart Stepping Down

By Paul Armentano, NORML Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed. Members of the US House Oversight Committee gave Leonhart a vote of “no confidence” last week after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed that senior DEA officials had participated in sex parties arranged …

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DEA Administrator Chief Michele Leonhart Expected to Resign

By Drug Policy Alliance Resignation Comes as DEA at Center of Series of Scandals in its Effort to Continue Failed War on Drugs After Decades of Mass Incarceration, Racial Disparities, and Failed Drug Policies, DEA Finally Facing Scrutiny New DPA Issue Brief Released Today: The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know A senior White …

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Justice Department: DEA Agents had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Paid for by Drug Cartels

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French, Politico.com Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during …

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DEA: Utah Legalizing Medical Cannabis Will Lead to Stoned Rabbits

If Utah lawmakers approve a bill to legalize medical cannabis, wildlife – especially rabbits – will “cultivate a taste” for the plant, lose their fear of humans and be stoned all the time. This is according to an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who made the statements while testifying in opposition to Utah’s …

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Innocent Grandma Shot While Trying to Protect Grandchild During Botched Drug Raid

A New Hampshire grandma, Lilian Alonzo, was shot last month during a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug raid in which no drugs, or anything else illegal, was found. The DEA was on a search for distributors of illegal painkillers, and received a tip from an informant that they witnessed $50,000 in cash sitting on Alonzo’s table. …

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U.S. Government to Grow Over 1,400 Pounds of Cannabis in 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday that it is drastically increasing the amount of cannabis the federal government plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds. The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an …

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