DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

"For 13 of the 14 years I have worked on this issue, when the DEA came to a hearing, committee members jumped over themselves to cheerlead," said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. "Now the lawmakers are not just asking tough questions, but also getting aggressive with their arguments."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs. Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of Read the full article…

Odds are increasing that D.C. Will Vote On Legalizing Marijuana — Despite Congress

Adam Eidinger, center foreground in plaid shirt, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and staffers show off stacks of collected signatures to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixteen years ago, D.C. activists gathered signatures to let voters decide if the District should be among the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Then Congress stepped in, and city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast. Inside a rented house in Northwest Washington, behind Read the full article…

Federal Restrictions On Pot Are Under Review

The first potential actualization on the federal rescheduling of marijuana is finally happening.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The federal government is reviewing its heavy-handed restrictions on marijuana, Food and Drug Administration officials confirmed Monday. This is potentially huge news for marijuana legalization and medical marijuana advocates. If the review finds any medical value in marijuana, it could mark the beginning of the most significant shift in American drug policy since the war on drugs Read the full article…

Expert: Marijuana Is ‘Gateway Drug To The White House’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The dangers of marijuana use are overstated, and the last three presidential elections prove it, an expert told a congressional panel on Friday. “When we talk about marijuana as a gateway drug, we have to remember that the last three occupants of the White House have smoked marijuana,” said Carl Hart, an Read the full article…

Rand Paul And Cory Booker Team Up To Protect State Medical Marijuana Programs

A similar amendment passed the U.S. House a few weeks ago with overwhelming bipartisan support.

by Grover Norquist and Ethan Nadelmann DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As soon as next week, the U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to vote on a bipartisan amendment being offered by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. We urge Read the full article…

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Join Forces to Protect Medical Marijuana From Feds

major medical marijuana bill expected on Tuesday

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Three senators proposed amendments Wednesday to ban the Justice Department from spending money to combat medical marijuana in states that allow it. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are sponsoring an amendment to broadly ban action against state medical marijuana laws. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., is sponsoring an amendment that would specifically Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

Conservatives like Portman, troubled by the vast federal spending on jails and seeking a distinctly conservative approach to crime and poverty, have found allies in Democrats and civil libertarians who have long argued for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

Republican John Fleming Wants To Block D.C. From Decriminalizing Pot

“Any place that I can have a say — whether it’s nationally, whether it’s individual states, or even in the District of Columbia — I’m going to speak out about the dangers of marijuana,” Fleming told CQ Roll Call

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a physician and outspoken opponent of liberalizing marijuana laws, intends to introduce a House resolution to block the District from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. “Any place that I can have a say — whether it’s nationally, whether it’s individual states, or even in the District Read the full article…

Lawmakers To Feds: Stop Arresting Medical Marijuana Patients

"Let's not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state," Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press conference.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on the federal government to stop arresting medical marijuana patients in states that have legalized pot for therapeutic purposes. “Let’s not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state,” Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press Read the full article…

Mica Says D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Creates Potential Conflict

“It’s against federal law to do certain things on federal property, versus now the District is looking at a minimal penalty,” Mica told CQ Roll Call on Wednesday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: House Republicans will single out the District’s marijuana decriminalization bill during a May 8 hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations . Witnesses from the D.C. Council, the National Park Service and the various law enforcement agencies with a footprint in the District will be invited to testify, according Read the full article…