Jeff Sessions could have power to unilaterally write federal drug policy say critics of new bill

Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government’s ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the Attorney General to set federal drug policy.

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by powerful committee chairs in both chambers of Congress, would allow the Attorney General to unilaterally outlaw certain unregulated chemical compounds on a temporary basis. Continue reading “Jeff Sessions could have power to unilaterally write federal drug policy say critics of new bill”

DEA seeks dismissal of hemp industry lawsuit fighting drug code for “marihuana extracts”

The legal distinctions between marijuana and hemp are at the center of a debate in a federal lawsuit.

The Drug Enforcement Administration stands firm on its drug code for “marihuana extracts” in a brief filed Friday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and seeks to have a federal lawsuit by the hemp industry dismissed. Continue reading “DEA seeks dismissal of hemp industry lawsuit fighting drug code for “marihuana extracts””

It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head

My third son, William, was born on April 28. I’ve spent the past month or so getting to know him (thanks, Washington Post’s generous parental leave policy!), and not paying much attention to federal drug policy.

As it turns out I missed quite a bit. In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its tough-on-crime rhetoric and put in place some policies that give that rhetoric some real-world bite. Continue reading “It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head”

DEA raids illegal marijuana grow near Colorado elementary school

Drug enforcement agents raided suspected illegal marijuana-growing operation across the street from an elementary school in Monument Friday morning.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents removed 4- to 7-foot marijuana plants and piled them 3 feet high in the driveway. Continue reading “DEA raids illegal marijuana grow near Colorado elementary school”

Document on marijuana health risks no longer listed DEA website

A document that put the DEA under fire for disseminating misinformation about marijuana’s health effects has disappeared from the agency’s website.

As of Monday, “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse,” a nearly 45-page publication on the various ramifications of cannabis use, no longer was available on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website. Continue reading “Document on marijuana health risks no longer listed DEA website”

DEA eyes Schedule I classification for a batch of synthetic cannabinoids

New DEA rule on extracts, CBD riles cannabis industry

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