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$2 Billion for the DEA. Yeah, that’s with a “B.” Jeralyn at TalkLeft has coverage of the 2010 appropriations bill.

While there is prevention money in the bill, there’s also a lot of funding for the War on Drugs.

Combating Illegal Drugs: $2 billion, $81 million above 2009, to combat illegal drugs through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These funds will provide for 128 new DEA positions to help stop the flow of illegal drugs across the Southwest border and to investigate, disrupt and dismantle major Mexican drug cartels.

Universities are laying off teachers and the DEA is looking at 128 new positions.

Read the rest of Jeralyn’s post to see how much more is being spent on the drug war throughout the various agencies.

The ONDCP talks about how important it is to focus on treatment rather than incarceration or supply side, but when it comes to the dollars, forget it — too many people profit off the war.

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8 comments to Cash Cow

  • Cannabis

    Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

  • Mike

    Hey, with that kind of money, we might get to see another 3 or 4 big drug busts!
    NOT.

  • kaptinemo

    I am reminded of the scene from the Tom Clancy movie Clear and Present Danger where the American Cabinet member is offered a ‘Satan’s bargain’ by a cartellista to keep up a facade of interdicted drug runs while the majority go on to their destinations unmolested.

    Now, of course such a thing doesn’t happen in real life, right?

  • Thanks for the post.
    Well, maybe we are all in the wrong line of work. Seems that’s a hot career move. Um…working for the DEA and not the drug cartell!
    I think there should be a more even split of where the money is spent. Education is key

  • claygooding

    Since over 1/2 that budget is for the interdiction of marijuana and for keeping it schedule 1,it explains one of the reasons we can have 14 states with medical marijuana and they insist it has no medical value. Once it is rescheduled to anything but schedule 1,their budget will go down,unless they can figure out how too steal it some other way. And working for the DEA is working for the cartels,because without the DEA and the ONDCP keeping marijuana illegal,the black market wouldn’t be providing the cartels with a market for their marijuana and they lose 70% or more of their income.

  • DdC

    2 mil to rid us of pheasants!

    Eradicated Marijuana Is 98 Percent Ditchweed
    September 7, 2006
    More than 98 percent of all of the marijuana plants seized by law enforcement in the United States is feral hemp not cultivated cannabis, according to newly released data by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program and the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.

    Oh no it has no medicinal value, we’re just patenting cannabinoids to shelve in case any competition wants to mess with Big Pharma profits.

    US Government Patents Medical Pot
    July 3rd, 2008 By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Now wouldn’t it be silly for the government to let University researchers grow their own and potentially find value in real Ganja. Sohly grows schwag and grinds up leaves, stems and seeds for IND patients. Buds of various strains provide a range of remedies, and can be cloned for consistancy. Almost anywhere. That wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture. Monopolies assure schwag.

    There’s a Monopoly on Marijuana Growing & Research By Dave Stancliff
    CN Source: Times-Standard August 09, 2009 USA

    I’d like you to meet Dr. Mahmoud El Sohly, the only person in the United States who can grow tons of marijuana and not worry the Feds will bust him. If your company wants to do research on marijuana, he’s the guy to see. Dr. ElSohly’s lab at the University of Mississippi has an exclusive contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which supplies the pot to approved researchers who study its ill effects.

    This is the imminent danger Unk has to protect us from.

    Research Reveals Cannabinoids Show Promise

    Production, Analysis, & Distribution of Cannabis & Marijuana Cigarettes
    Solicitation Number: N01DA-10-7773
    Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: National Institutes of Health
    Location: National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Paul

    Ick. What a waste of money. A big problem, though, is the recent torrent of Federal spending which drowns out a mere 2 billion dollars. If you are spending trillions, 2 billion is not very much money.

    Certainly, giving them an extra 100 million this year is no big deal.

    The party will end when other countries stop buying American debt. Everything will come down with a mighty crash the day that happens, but it is also the day we can start to pick up the pieces and truly reform our government.

    At the moment, the rest of the world is so used to buying American debt they don’t know what else to do. But they will think of something. Some of them are buying gold, some of them are swapping each other’s currencies, or spending money on commodity contracts. The American spending train has gone off the rails, and the rest of the world needs to find a way to unhitch their cars from the engine before they go over the cliff with us.