Nobody Likes Marijuana in Schedule I—Not Even Prohibitionists

These days, you don’t have to look very hard to find people unwilling to accept the obvious.

Take climate change, which was recently questioned as a real thing in the opinion pages of the New York Times, despite soaring temperatures; 2017 had the second-warmest spring on record. The hottest-ever was last year, in 2016, the same year Americans elected as president someone who’d gone on record dismissing climate change as a Chinese hoax. To a greater degree, but in much the same vein, you can find, on this very day, people living on earth who insist the earth is flat.

In this same silo, we’d like to place people who believe, honestly, that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the American Controlled Substances Act. But we’d like to put them in a further circle of deniers, since not even America’s leading prohibitionists think marijuana should be classified as thus.

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Biggest Drug War Victory? Courts, Governors Tiring of Asset Forfeiture

If cops weren’t allowed to seize your property without a trial—and, in many cases, without even accusing you of a crime—law enforcement in America would be near unrecognizable. For instance, the DEA would be $4 billion poorer.

As the Justice Department’s inspector general noted in March, DEA agents have seized $4 billion in cash over the last decade from travelers under the pretext of drug-related asset forfeiture. In more than 81 percent of the cases reviewed, there were no criminal charges filed, as Reason reported.

Investigations often began after innocuous acts that are not criminal: purchasing a last-minute or one-way ticket, traveling without checked luggage, or flying to a “known source city for drug trafficking.” Conveniently, that would include nearly every major city in America, according to federal drug agents.

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The Stupidest DEA Slang Terms for Marijuana

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For reasons best known to their very strange selves, the DEA recently declassified and released an intelligence report with hundreds of slang code terms relating to just about every drug you can imagine.

Most of the nicknames for marijuana are nothing less than wacky. Some harken back to our high school days; some back to our great grandparents.

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FAKE WEED, REAL CONSEQUENCES

Starting around 2011, it happened in the nation’s capital—a lot.

Police responding to reports of a crazy person, naked, yelling, running down the street, obviously overdosing on…something.

Most suspected meth. Some suspected LSD. Others thought the crack epidemic was back. And an uninformed few thought it was the result of marijuana addiction—that this was reefer madness.

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DEA Chief: Why is Chuck Rosenberg Still Here?

We are already six months into the Trump administration and most Obama-era appointees have been booted out and very few have been replaced.

In fact, the Trump government is running on a skeletal crew, which seems to shrink daily. For example, hurricane season is upon us, and Trump hasn’t hired a director for FEMA yet.

With these huge gaps in his cabinet and hundreds of jobs yet to fill, it is extremely disappointing that the most anti-weed leftover from the Obama administration is still hanging in there.

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DEA Denies Science on Medical Marijuana—Again!

Oops, he did it again. Acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg reiterated his oft-voiced opinion on recently that “marijuana is not medicine.” 

The Washington Examiner reported that he told an audience at a clinic in Cleveland: “If it turns out that there is something in smoked marijuana that helps people, that’s awesome. I will be the last person to stand in the way of that… But let’s run it through the Food and Drug Administration process, and let’s stick to the science on it.”

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, appearing along with Rosenberg, added: “Should we be reducing the administrative and other barriers to researching that in the government? 100 percent. But what we should not do is make policies based on guesswork. When we do that, what we do is put people at risk.”

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Left Behind by Clemency

What’s beef? Beef is when a rap video means the difference between a four-year sentence and 20 to life as a “cannabis kingpin.”

Jane Scarmazzo isn’t positive when her younger son started smoking pot, but she knows for sure how she found out about it.

Luke was in his early 20s, a few years out of high school and working with his father Nick Scarmazzo — a union carpenter — on bridges and overpasses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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DEA Chief: ‘Marijuana Is Not Medicine… It’s a Joke’

At an event yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic concerning “Our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic,” acting head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg, stated that “marijuana is not medicine.”

The Washington Examiner reported that Rosenberg said, “If it turns out that there is something in smoked marijuana that helps people, that’s awesome. I will be the last person to stand in the way of that… But let’s run it through the Food and Drug Administration process, and let’s stick to the science on it.”

Note the use of the term “smoked marijuana.”

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DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to further capitalize on the modern day drug war by ramping up the prosecution of cases involving people who manufacture, traffic and use pharmaceutical substances outside of their medicinal function.

According to National Public Radio, Uncle Sam’s leading drug enforcement hammers quietly announced a plan last month to recruit a slew of new special prosecutors for the sole purpose of nailing drug offenders to the wall. The agency said its intention was to employee as many as 20 legal eagles, all of whom would be paid through funds provided by the pharmaceutical industry, that “would be permitted to represent the United States in criminal and civil proceedings before the courts and apply for various legal orders.”

This will be the first time in history that the DEA has assembled its own team of prosecutors, a group of untouchables, of sorts, specifically paid to put drug offenders behind bars.

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U.S. Drug Problem Is Not Just Opiates—We Are Over-Prescribed Everything

Saturday was “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” For four hours, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Americans could take a bottle or a bag full of unwanted prescription medication and hand it over to local law enforcement, no questions asked. 

The pills were then handed over to the DEA for safe disposal—and quantification of just how much superfluous prescription medication is floating around America. 

Like gun buy-backs, drug take-backs are a recent innovation, a non-punitive way of fighting an overwhelming problem. Doing this empties medicine cabinets and bedside tables of expired or unwanted drugs rather than sending them into the water supply, but it also—hopefully—keeps people alive.

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