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DEA to legalize marijuana only for ‘Big Pharma,’ NORML claims

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates. The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a…

Senator moves to ban drug sold under bath salts guise

NEW YORK – Two drugs that produce a “meth-like” high and are being sold under the guise of “bath salts” would be banned as federally controlled substances under a bill unveiled on Sunday by Senator Charles Schumer. “These so-called bath salts contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned…

Australian police compiled ‘hit lists’ of Afghan drug runners, cable reportedly shows

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are banned from contributing to military operations, yet they helped to compile “hit lists” of drug traffickers in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a leaked US diplomatic cable reportedly revealed. The document was provided exclusively to The Sydney Morning Herald by secrets outlet WikiLeaks. They…

FBI warned years in advance of Mumbai attacker’s terror ties

NBC news reports that US officials were warned not once but twice about a US businessman who was planning to launch terrorist attacks against targets in Mumbai. But unlike the first warning, the second was never passed on to the FBI. The second warning, which came from David Coleman Headley’s…

Holder: US will enforce marijuana laws despite how Californians may vote

Less than three weeks before California voters hit the polls, the Justice Department issued a preemptive message concerning a ballot measure making worldwide headlines. “Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if the state’s voters approve a ballot measure to legalize…

DEA: Clean out your medicine cabinets Saturday

As prescription drug abuse climbs, DEA offers locations to dump unwanted medicine Saturday Tim Strain was a victim of prescription drugs, not an abuser. His girlfriend’s mother gave the 18-year-old additional pain medication for a serious burn, leading to a fatal overdose. Now his parents, Bernie and Beverly Strain, want…

‘Ebonics’ is back & the DEA needs nine linguists fluent in it

I thought this shite was dead and buried, and now here we have the resurrection of ‘Ebonics.’ You might recall that this was the nonsense perpetrated by “well-meaning people” in Oakland back in the 1990s to recognize the slang used in black neighborhoods as language or dialect. This has now…

Marijuana advocacy groups urge Obama to withdraw nomination of Michele Leonhart

A number of medical marijuana advocacy organizations are urging President Obama to withdraw his nomination of Michele Leonhart to serve as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Leonhart was nominated to be the Deputy Administrator by President Bush in 2003 and confirmed by the Senate in 2004. She…

Ecuador discovers 100-foot-long drug smuggling submarine

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Saturday it has helped seize a submarine capable of transporting tons of cocaine. DEA officials said that the diesel electric-powered submarine was constructed in a remote jungle and captured near a tributary close to the Ecuador-Colombia border. Ecuadorean authorities seized the sub before it could…

Wachovia pays $160 million to stop drugs probe

Wachovia has agreed to pay US prosecutors 160 million dollars for its failure to stop drug money being laundered to Mexican affiliates, the DEA said Wednesday. The embattled bank admitted it failed to stop an estimated 110 million dollars from being sent from the US to Mexico by wire transfer…

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