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

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…

Monster Pot Raid on Tribal Territory in Modoc County; Feds Allege Connection With Canadian Tobacco Giant

CALIFORNIA:  A federal search warrant executed on a tribal grow op in Modoc County this morning alleges that a tiny northern California tribe today has partnered up with an executive of a huge Canadian tobacco concern to produce marijuana on a massive scale. Officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration Read the full article…

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

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…

Mitch McConnell’s Love Affair with Hemp

KENTUCKY: Last May, a shipment of 250 pounds of hemp seeds left Italy destined for Kentucky as part of a pilot project made legal by the 2014 federal farm bill. Kentucky farmers had long hoped for a crop that could fill the void left by the decline of tobacco, and many thought that industrial hemp, Read the full article…

Justice And Congress Are Begging Each Other To Reform Marijuana Laws. So Why Hasn’t Either Budged?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned — literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug Read the full article…

Judge Could Smash Marijuana Law

CALIFORNIA:  Three states, one district, and two cities will vote on various aspects of the nation’s drug laws on Tuesday but the most crucial marijuana decision being weighed in the coming days will be made by just one person. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller could be about to start a legal revolution. After a Read the full article…

Marijuana Considered for Looser Restrictions by U.S. FDA

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  U.S. regulators are studying whether restrictions on marijuana should be eased, a step toward decriminalizing the drug at the federal level. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an analysis at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s request on whether the U.S. should downgrade the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, said Read the full article…

New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science

WASHINGTON: The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization. “The DEA is a police Read the full article…

Why Republicans Are Slowly Embracing Marijuana

CALIFORNIA: After years of voting down almost every proposal championed by pot legalization advocates, the House made a surprising move this week, approving a measure that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from busting state-licensed medical marijuana operations. The action in the GOP-dominated House reflected a continued shift in thinking on the issue for lawmakers Read the full article…

Are Feds Trying To Run Down Clock On Kentucky Hemp Seeds?

KENTUCKY:  With just about two weeks until the end of planting season, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department agreed Friday to jump through a federal agency’s hoops so it can get hemp seeds that already are in the state. State officials say they will file a four-page application for a one-page federal permit to obtain industrial hemp seeds that U.S. Customs Read the full article…