Raid On Tribal Marijuana Farms Underscores Uncertainty Over Pot Laws

Mendocino County sheriff's deputies raid the Pinoleville tribe's marijuana-growing operation near Ukiah on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

CALIFORNIA: Native American tribes’ efforts to cash in on California’s “green rush” by launching large-scale marijuana growing operations appear to have been premature and ill-advised if recent law enforcement raids on tribal lands are any indication. Pot raids conducted on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Rancheria north of Ukiah this week and on the Pit River and Read the full article…

New Bill Would Cut Off Federal Forfeiture Funds For DEA Marijuana Seizures

Last year, the program was responsible for over 6,300 arrests, eradicating over 4.3 million marijuana plants and seizing $27.3 million in assets. More than half of all plants destroyed were in California, which also accounted for over one-third of seized assets and nearly 40 percent of the arrests.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new bipartisan bill would eliminate a controversial source of funding for one federal marijuana seizure program. Last week, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.” The bill is quite simple: It would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using federal Read the full article…

Black Lives Matter Organizers Call For Marijuana Decriminalization

Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday aimed at converting the attention the Black Lives Matter movement has generated into fundamental reforms that could transform the way law enforcement interacts with the communities it is charged with serving and protecting. Included Read the full article…

New DEA Chief: ‘Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana’

"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it's not,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin. DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration’s headquarters that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is “probably not” as dangerous as Read the full article…

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, voted in favor of legal, recreational marijuana. Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 Read the full article…

New DEA Head: Marijuana “Probably Not” As Dangerous As Heroin

“If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert.”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The new leader of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday heroin probably is more dangerous than marijuana, diverging in tone from his embattled predecessor. Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, a former prosecutor whose stance on drug reform is somewhat of a mystery, also said his agents are not prioritizing marijuana enforcement — though he’s not Read the full article…

These Native American Tribes Legalized Weed, But That Didn’t Stop Them From Getting Raided By The Feds

California's drought is believed to be the worst in 1,200 years.

CALIFORNIA:  In the foggy early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement descended on the Pit River Tribe’s XL Ranch and the Alturas Indian Rancheria in northeastern California, seizing 12,000 marijuana plants and 100 pounds of processed pot from the Read the full article…

How New Blood In Washington, DC Could Impact The Marijuana Industry

Comings and goings by two top federal officials this week could have big repercussions for the burgeoning marijuana industry.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Comings and goings by two top federal officials this week could have big repercussions for the burgeoning marijuana industry. On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, five months after her nomination by President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Tuesday that Michele Leonhart will step down from her role as head Read the full article…

Wanted: A DEA top cop who doesn’t blow our money on pot | NJ.Com Editorial

No, the real reason we're glad to see this longtime DEA administration official go is her antiquated and unreasonable views on marijuana. We don't need our nation's top drug enforcement officer to be wasting any more taxpayer dollars on totally pointless pot prosecutions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Good riddance to Michele Leonhart, chief of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, on her very timely retirement. Not because of the prostitute parties paid for by local drug cartels, though that was handled badly — the DEA agents who admitted to participating were suspended for only a few days, not fired. Leonhart says she isn’t Read the full article…

Marijuana Activists Cheer Michele Leonhart’s Exit From The DEA

Advocates hope that outgoing chief Michele Leonhart will be replaced by someone who is more open to legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Drug Enforcement Agency chair Michele Leonhart was done in by her agents’ unsanctioned, cartel-funded sex parties in Colombia, but it’s marijuana legalization advocates who are excited to see her go. “Hopefully this is a sign that the Reefer Madness era is coming to an end at the DEA,” said Mason Tvert, the Read the full article…