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Iowa man who alerted police to meth lab fights to have his home removed from DEA register

A man in Iowa is fighting to have his home removed from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of former methamphetamine production labs. Six years ago, avid kayaker Paul Valin found a backpack floating in the Des Moines River and brought it home with him. Upon inspecting it, he discovered it…

Sanjay Gupta destroys the DEA’s classification of marijuana as a ‘dangerous drug’

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Thursday that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency had no reason to treat marijuana the same way it treated PCP and heroin. “I also looked closely at the DEA’s scheduling policy,” he said on CNN. “They classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance. It is in…

Watch: Why you should be very worried about the DEA’s spy program

Matthew Feeney, assistant editor for Reason 24/7, on Monday explained why the Drug Enforcement Administration’s surveillance program violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He argued on RT America that the program robbed defendants of their right to a fair trial. “I think any constitutional system that is supposed…

Secretive Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) unit told to cover-up massive spy program used to investigate Americans

By John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Although these cases rarely involve national…

Rep. Jared Polis mocks Colorado’s new DEA chief

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado on Wednesday poked fun at his state’s new head drug enforcement agent, joking that the Drug Enforcement Agency’s new motto was “protecting America from mold and water damage.” Barbra Roach, the chief of Denver’s Drug Enforcement Administration, recently told the Denver Post that medical…

Hundreds of ‘Spice’ variants surface after DEA ban

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a problem on its hands: How do you ban something when prohibition just creates hundreds of derivative products? That’s precisely the situation the agency is confronting with synthetic marijuana blends most commonly known as “Spice,” which they issued an emergency ban on in late…

Colorado asks DEA to recognize marijuana’s medical value

The state of Colorado has become the third in the nation to formally ask the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reclassify marijuana in such a manner that would recognize its potential for medical value, similar to drugs like morphine and cocaine. The letter, sent just before Christmas by Colorado’s Department of Revenue,…

DEA faces federal lawsuit for blocking marijuana research

Researchers hoping to study the medical benefits of marijuana are taking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to federal court for blocking access to the plant. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has received free legal representation in a lawsuit against the DEA over a license to grow marijuana for…

DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, claims it has no medicinal value

The Drug Enforcement Administration has ruled marijuana should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin because studies have not confirmed its medicinal value, but the agency may itself be to blame for the lack of evidence. The DEA denied a 9-year-old petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule marijuana in…

ACLU: DEA’s politics are keeping cannabis-based medicines off shelves

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does not commonly take an active role in matters pertaining to the drug war, but in the case of Dr. Lyle E. Craker, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, outspoken is certainly one way to describe their position. Craker’s name might sound familiar…

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