US Lawmakers Support For DEA On Marijuana Fading Fast

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 Senate’s most conservative members together with 1 of its most liberal in a bipartisan alliance.

How much the DEA’s influence has declined was readily apparent in the US House debate, when Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) denounced the agency’s boss.

“She is a terrible agency head,” Mr. Polis said of Administrator Michele Leonhart. “She has repeatedly embarrassed her agency before this body,” Mr. Polis said.


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