Tag: DEA

  • Kentucky Hemp Lawsuit Dropped After Agreement Made with DEA

    Kentucky Hemp Lawsuit Dropped After Agreement Made with DEA

    August 16th, 2014 – Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the federal government today finalized an agreement on a formal process for importing industrial hemp seeds into the Commonwealth. As a result, the department filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against the federal government in May. “With this agreement, Kentucky is now the…

  • The Other Cannabis War
: The Battle Over Hemp

    The Other Cannabis War
: The Battle Over Hemp

    June 3rd, 2014 – In the annals of strange bedfellow politics, the story of how, in 2014, industrial hemp emerged from Drug War purgatory is an epic one. But even for long-time hemp advocates, the sight of Rep. Thomas Massie, a conservative Republican from northern Kentucky, biting jubilantly into a hemp bar on live TV…

  • Hemp Amendments Could Block DEA From Interfering With Programs Legalized By States

    Hemp Amendments Could Block DEA From Interfering With Programs Legalized By States

    May 29th, 2014 – The U.S. House will vote on two amendments Thursday that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with industrial hemp programs and cultivation that have been legalized by states. One hemp-related amendment would prohibit the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from blocking states from importing hemp seeds to grow…

  • Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Ahead?

    July 12, 2011 – Drug-policy reformers are worried about a new Obama administration memo instructing federal prosecutors on how to deal with the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Justice Department memo, sent to U.S. attorneys around the nation, addresses a central problem with the growing number of states that have legalized medical marijuana:…

  • Marijuana Bill In Congress: Barney Frank, Ron Paul Legislation Would End Federal Ban On Pot

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will introduce legislation today to end the federal ban on marijuana and let the states decide whether to legalize it.commemorate the anniversary, a group of former law enforcement officials unveiled a new report “The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border…

  • Kentucky and Beyond: A Culture Tough on Marijuana makes a Hard Fight for Hemp

    Lexington, KY – In the previous installment of this series on the potential of industrial hemp cultivation in Kentucky, I took issue with gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett’s indirect association with a local head shop, Botany Bay. Some consider the concept of guilt by association to be unfair in this case, but to me, such questions…

  • DEA, State Cops Raid Legal Michigan Medical Marijuana Grows

    DEA, State Cops Raid Legal Michigan Medical Marijuana Grows

    December 8th, 2010 – Once again, this time last week in Michigan, the federal DEA has teamed up with recalcitrant state and local law enforcement in a bid to negate the will of the public and the law of the land. Heavily-armed state and federal lawmen raided a pair of medical marijuana gardens in the…

  • Medical Marijuana Patient Advocates Claim Victory in California Attorney General Race

    November 26, 2010 – Oakland, CA — Medical marijuana patient advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief today as Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley acknowledged defeat in his bid for California Attorney General. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy organization, partnered with the American Cannabis Research Institute (ACRI) and…

  • Medical Marijuana Advocates Bring Attention to DEA Confirmation Hearings

    November 15, 2010 – WASHINGTON – After more than two years as acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michele Leonhart, who served as Deputy DEA Administrator during George W. Bush’s presidency, is scheduled to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, November 17th at 2:30pm EST. No friend to medical marijuana…

  • Ex-DEA Administrators Call on Obama to Sue if CA Voters Legalize Pot

    September 11, 2010 – As California voters gear up for a November 2 vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalize the growth, possession and distribution of marijuana, nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration have issued a preemptive call to the White House: If Prop 19 passes, they say, President Obama…