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DEA [temporarily] has permission to surveil protesters: what does that mean when cannabis remains federally illegal?

More broadly though, [NORML Political Director Justin Strekal] connected this expansion of DEA powers to how the DEA has enforced the drug war far beyond cannabis [for 14 days starting June 2nd, 2020].

“Drug enforcement agents should not be conducting covert surveillance of protests and First Amendment protected speech,” [said Hugh] Handeyside, a senior attorney at the ACLU, “That kind of monitoring and information sharing may well constitute unwarranted investigation of people exercising their constitutional rights to seek justice. The executive branch continues to run headlong in the wrong direction.” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal warned that because cannabis remains federally illegal, people who use cannabis, even in states where it is legalized for recreational adult use or medicinal use are potentially within the scope of DEA investigations.

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DEA [temporarily] has permission to surveil protesters: what does that mean when cannabis remains federally illegal?
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