Biography/Memoir

…DEA and FDA blame each other for keeping marijuana illegal

…representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have each told him they’re on board with legalizing marijuana. And the agencies blame each other for blocking efforts to end prohibition. In a recent interview… was asked about his professional opinion on cannabis. The host of the popular daytime program of…

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Biography/Memoir

How red tape… [psychoactives] are buzzkills…

Advocates said a regulated… industry would push out the black market and generate more than a half billion dollars a year for the state… it’s not quite worked out that way; there’s the cost of operating legally, a major reason. For most people out here, the opportunity to participate does not exist. The barriers to…

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Biography/Memoir

Cannabis research stalled by federal inaction

The agency did not respond to a request from C&EN asking about the timeline for the regulation, but the process is likely to take several more months, if not years. Under the proposed rule, potential growers of cannabis for research have to satisfy a list of public interest criteria spelled out in the US Controlled…

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Politics

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…

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Anthropology

Oregon cannabis sales soar over $100 million

“We’re seeing a lot of people using cannabis to cope with all the… chaos and social turbulence,” Kwit said. “They frequently express how cannabis helps them to have more compassion for their partners and patience with their kids.” In mid-March when Gov. Kate Brown issued her stay-at-home order, she deemed cannabis as an essential business…

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Politics

Scientists and veterans file lawsuit challenging DEA’s marijuana rescheduling denials

The Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) filed suit… in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for a review of DEA’s scheduling determinations in 2020, 2016 and 1992… they… argue that another statutory policy DEA says necessitates marijuana being strictly controlled is unconstitutional. In terms of valid therapeutic value, the agency (DEA) has said there…

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