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"...In fact, that was an error caused by a miscommunication with Johnson’s office. As it turns out, Tandy’s deputy assistant administrator in the DEA Office of Diversion Control, Joseph T..."
"...It may be a new year, but the DEA is up to its same old tricks. To wit: on Jan..."
"...Farmers David Monson (also a veteran Republican state representative recently named speaker of the North Dakota House) and Wayne Hauge (a certified seed dealer and certified public accountant) were the first two farmers to apply for, and receive, state licenses to grow the crop. But they have yet to plant any seed because, according to the DEA, hemp is nothing but dope – and dope is illegal..."
"...Drug Enforcement Administration to waive individual federal registration requirements for duly licensed NoDak hemp farmers. “This would simplify the process for growers, while enhancing DEA’s ability to monitor and regulate industrial hemp production in North Dakota,” Johnson said in a press release...."
"...Obama has said that he does not support federal raids on medi-pot patients using the drug in compliance with state laws ("You know, its really not a good use of Justice Department resources," he told New Hampshire Democrats in 2007), but he has not yet named a new head of the DEA, meaning Bush's acting DEA administrator Michele Leonhart is still running the show. (Leonhart earlier this month ended the years long stall in the Lyle Craker case, turning down his bid to grow a research pot crop, prompting some to argue that the DEA is trying to squeeze in as many pinches of medi-pot patients as possible before Obama changes the agency guard.) "Whether or not this unconscionable raid on a medical marijuana provider is the fault of federal officials from the previous administration, President Obama has an opportunity to change this harmful and outdated policy," Caren Woodson, director of government affairs for the medi-pot advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, said in a press statement Thursday..."
"...Dear Editor of The Austin Chronicle, The Drug Enforcement Agency is doing a disservice to America's election process [“Weed Watch,” News, Sept. 8], making a mockery out of the law-enforcement rant: If you don't like the laws, change them. While DEA Agent Michael Moore was quoted (in Boulder, Colo.), "We're in favor of ....."
"...Dear Editor, There would be a huge power loss if the Feds/DEA could not control farmers who want to grow hemp. The Feds/DEA also control the medical field by not allowing research on cannabis for multiple medical problems. The Feds/DEA are an example of big brother abusing citizen rights..."
"...Indeed, Leonhart is a holdover from the Bush Administration, where she reigned over an agency that seemed to really, really enjoy busting medi-pot users, even those using and growing the drug in compliance with state laws. In fact, even after President Barack Obama made good on a campaign promise to end raids of medi-pot patients and dispensaries, Leonhart's DEA kept on keeping on, as if the new policy banning most such raids had not already taken effect..."
"...June 6 marked a national day of protest against the Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing raids of medical marijuana clinics in nine states and continued harassment and jailing of medical marijuana patients nationwide. In Austin, members of the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access tried to deliver a "truce" to the DEA's office, but federal agents refused to admit the dozen activists who had gathered outside the agency's Austin headquarters, said ASA's Tracey Hayes..."
"...Circuit Court for the District of Columbia ruled Jan. 22 that the DEA was right to refuse to do so...."
"...At least that's the assertion offered by U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Wendy Ertmer, representing the DEA at a federal court hearing Nov..."
"...That pleased medi-pot advocates but wasn't the end of the story. Bittner's findings were nonbinding, so it would ultimately fall to DEA administrators to decide whether to accept her conclusions..."
"...28 dismissed from his court a lawsuit brought by two local farmers seeking freedom to cultivate industrial hemp, in compliance with state law and without the looming interference of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In that way the DEA, which sought to have the suit dismissed, has won the first battle, but farmers Dave Monson and Wayne Hauge, who this week appealed that ruling to the 8th U.S..."
"...17, lawyers for the Hemp Industries Association and the Drug Enforcement Administration appeared before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to present oral arguments regarding the DEA's attempt to ban food products containing hemp seeds and oil..."
"...Earl Pomeroy – apparently thinks that if the Drug Enforcement Administration doesn’t like something, then, as freakin’ elected officials, they’re somehow bound to go along in order to get along. Forget the fact that it is Congress – and not the DEA – that is charged with making law..."
"...North Dakota farmers have been struggling with the DEA since the state passed a law in 1999 to reintroduce hemp as a rotational crop. The law originally required state-licensed farmers to receive DEA approval, but after the agency made it clear it would make the farmers comply with regulations for drug manufacturing and would then also drag its feet in reviewing and deciding on those applications, the state repealed that provision of the law..."
"...Reefer Madness buddy M. Chris Fabricant, the New York City lawyer who authored the fabulous civil rights primer, Busted! Drug War Survival Skills From the Buy to the Bust to Begging for Mercy – a great read and lesson on the current state of civil liberties, driven by examples culled from the files of those unfortunate enough to become statistics in the unwinnable War on Drugs – sent out an e-mail this week, with a link to a DEA press release about poor Wendy Watson, a hapless gal who got popped in Oklahoma and charged with possession and intent to distribute nearly 80 grams of methamphetamine..."
"...As the film opens, Washington’s Bobby Trench and Wahlberg’s “Stig” Stigman appear to be partners in crime setting up a bank robbery in the small, fictional town of Tres Cruces, N.M. What is unknown to the other is that each one is an agent of the law in deep undercover: Bobby is a DEA agent and Stig works for the military as an NCIS officer..."
"...The Colorado Conundrum, it seems -- at least according to Sweetin and the DEA -- stems from two initiatives passed by Denver voters: In 2005, city voters approved a measure that legalizes adult possession of up to one ounce of pot; in 2007, voters passed an ordinance to make pot-law enforcement the lowest priority for city cops. A statewide ballot measure, similar to the 2005 Denver initiative, failed to pass in 2006..."
"...Although New York Sen. Hillary Clinton initially told MPP she was studying the issue, the New Hampshire group Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana now reports that during a campaign stop there on July 13, Clinton called the DEA raids “terrible” and pledged to stop them..."