Congressman Calls For DEA Chief’s Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A ‘Joke’

"Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration," Blumenauer said during a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg should be replaced after calling the notion of smoking marijuana for medical purposes a “joke.” “Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” Blumenauer said during a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning. The acting agency Read the full article…

16,000 People And Counting Want DEA Chief Fired For Calling Medical Marijuana A ‘Joke’

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

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) be fired for calling medical marijuana a “joke” last week. “What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said during a press briefing on November Read the full article…

Marijuana Is Literally The Least Of The Nation’s Drug Worries, The Police Have Announced

"2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary."

America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.” The DEA asked a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies what they saw as their biggest drug Read the full article…

Justice Department Set To Free 6,000 Prisoners, Largest One-Time Release

The early releases follow action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal crimes — that reduced the potential punishment for future drug offenders last year and then made that change retroactive.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades, according to U.S. officials. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide Read the full article…

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014

The 2014 figures mark a minor uptick from 2013, a year that saw 609,570 people booked on possession charges alone.

Law enforcement officers made just over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. Of that total, 88.4 percent — or about 619,800 arrests — were made for marijuana possession alone, a rate of about one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year. While the national conversation about marijuana Read the full article…

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…