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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…

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Expected To Resign

Leonhart, who was confirmed to her position in December 2010 but has served in an acting capacity since November 2007, has presided over an agency that has been plagued by scandal in recent years

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is expected to resign soon, a senior administration official tells CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante. Leonhart, who was confirmed to her position in December 2010 but has served in an acting capacity since November 2007, has presided over an agency Read the full article…

How Texas Became A New Front In Marijuana Legalization Fight

The fact that a sweeping legalization bill made it anywhere in Texas impressed many Capitol observers and marijuana advocates.

TEXAS:  Shortly before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in April, Tammy Castro was describing the heartbreaking story of her son’s losing battle against drug abuse. The crowded Capitol conference room, packed with marijuana-rights activists, fell silent. Marijuana started her son on a downward spiral to his death, Castro said, holding back tears. “If you pass 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…

US Lawmakers Support For DEA On Marijuana Fading Fast

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is under attack in Congress as it tries to stem the tide against Marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This year, the DEA’s role in the seizure of industrial hemp seeds bound for research facilities in Kentucky drew angry rebukes from the Senate’s most powerful Republican. The GOP-controlled House recently voted to prohibit federal agents from busting Medical Marijuana operations that are legal under state laws. And that measure brought one of the Read the full article…

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

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

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring match over the Obama administration’s attempt to reform the way the federal government approaches criminal justice and punishment. For Holder and for President Barack Obama, sentencing reform has become a critical, second-term legacy item, as they aim Read the full article…

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting with a law enforcement organization, suggested during testimony Wednesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to “fight harder,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday. Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a Read the full article…

DEA Chief Slams Obama For Pot Remarks: Reports

Although Leonhart's remarks were not made publicly, her pointed references to the president could put her job in jeopardy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration slammed President Barack Obama this week for saying marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, according to a report Saturday in the Boston Herald. DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart reportedly told a group of sheriffs at a closed-door conference in Washington that she was frustrated by the administration’s Read the full article…

DEA Chief Slams Obama For Pot Remarks: Reports

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:  The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration slammed President Barack Obama this week for saying marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, according to a report Saturday in the Boston Herald. DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart reportedly told a group of sheriffs at a closed-door conference in Washington that she was frustrated by the administration’s Read the full article…