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By Paul Armentano on May 11, 2010
Is anyone surprised? You shouldn’t be. After all, this is the same Gil Kerlikowske that has said repeatedly that legalization is not in his vocabulary, and publicly stated, “Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.” And this is the same administration that recently nominated Michele Leonhart to head the DEA — the same Michele Leonhart who overruled the DEA’s own administrative law judge in order to continue to block medical marijuana research, and publicly claimed that the rising death toll civilians attributable to the U.S./Mexican drug war “a signpost of the success” of U.S. prohibitionist policies.
Posted in ACTIVISM, GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION | Tagged AMA, California, CASA, Columbia, Drug Czar, gil kerlikowske, Mexican Drug War, Mexico, mexico border, Missouri, NORML, Obama Administration, Reason, The Netherlands, West Coast, World Health Organization | 11 Responses
By Paul Armentano on March 17, 2010
It was less than one year ago when acting U.S. DEA administrator Michelle Leonhart publicly declared that the escalating violence on the U.S.-Mexico border should be viewed as a sign of the “success” of America’s drug war strategies.
“Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having,” said Michele Leonhart, who was recently nominated by President Obama to be the agency’s full time director. “The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.”
Posted in ACTIVISM, ECONOMICS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION, SOCIETY | Tagged drug violence, FOXNews, Mexico, mexico border, Obama Administration, Office of National Drug Control Policy, President Obama, southern border | 5 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 17, 2010
Gunmen killed a U.S. consulate employee and her husband as they drove in this violent border city with their baby in the back seat, minutes after the husband of another consular employee was shot to death and his two children wounded, officials said Sunday. Security forces suspected a drug gang hit.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 16, 2010
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By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 10, 2010
Dr. Mitch Earleywine answers live Q&A in Cannabis Science; Jacki Rickert updates us on medical marijuana bill in Wisconsin named after her; music by Sahra Indio.
Posted in NORML SHOW LIVE | Tagged Australia, Cannabis Science, Colorado, DEA Raids, Dr. Mitch Earleywine, edibles, IMMLY, Iowa, Iowa City, Irie Wednesday, Jacki Rickert, johnny reeferseed, Obama Administration, Sahra Indio | Leave a response
By "Radical" Russ Belville on January 26, 2010
Michele Leonhart on the bloody violence that had killed more than 12,000 and destabilized Mexico in the past two years: “Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having,” said Michele Leonhart, acting DEA administrator. “The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.”
Northern California federal prosecutor says they will continue to raid dispensaries, despite DOJ memo
By "Radical" Russ Belville on November 3, 2009
(Mission Local) The federal government will continue raids on medical marijuana operations in California despite guidelines issued by the Justice Department two weeks ago indicating the contrary. “I think it’s unfortunate that people have for some reason picked up on this as a change in policy, because it’s really not a change at all,” said [...]
By Chris Goldstein on October 27, 2009
10/25/09 by Chris Goldstein Scoop: Staffers at Americans for Safe Access met with Department of Justice officials before the memo on medical marijuana was released last week. My role with several marijuana reform non-profits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania requires interaction with the national reform groups. One that has represented patients with great passion and [...]
Posted in ACTIVISM, FAMILIES, GOVERNMENT, SCIENCE | Tagged Americans for Safe Access, caren woodson, Chris Goldstein, Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Department of Justice, john ray wilson, justice department, New Jersey, Obama Administration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Washington DC | 1 Response
By "Radical" Russ Belville on October 20, 2009
Does it seem like everybody is talking about marijuana these days? Following yesterday’s announcement of the new Obama Administration DOJ memo outlining a “hands off” approach to states with medical marijuana laws, every local news reporter in a medical marijuana state scrambled to get interviews with local NORML activists for reaction. Even I was contacted [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on October 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (Huffington Post) — The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday. Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is [...]
Posted in ACTIVISM, ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT, SCIENCE | Tagged Attorney General, Bonnie Dumanis, dispensaries, drug enforcement administration, Huffington Post, justice department, Los Angeles, Obama Administration, San Diego, Steve Cooley | 15 Responses