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The DEA is a police and propaganda agency

New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization.

“The DEA is a police and propaganda agency,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice.”

Here is the report: The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science

Of course, none of this is new to us, but it’s always good to keep reminding the rest of the country that the DEA is not working in the interests of the truth or the country.

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31 comments to The DEA is a police and propaganda agency

  • DdC

    Doh! So happy some are firmly grasping the obvious. but alas, so so many continue to be oblivious, or pretend to be. One thing is for sure, we ain’t just sittin round whining …

    Tollner has agreed to take part in one of the first scientific endeavors of the Institute For Research On Cannabinoids (IROC), a nonprofit scientific organization that’s the first of its kind in the country. In an exclusive to International Business Times, IROC Executive Director Marcel Bonn-Miller, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, said the institute will bring together many of the world’s top marijuana scientists to undertake unique cutting-edge cannabis studies.
    Scientists, Frustrated by Funding Shortfalls,
    Launch Institute for Research on Cannabinoids
    via CC

    NDP Demands Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

    The Activists Helping Illegal Pot Dealers
    Turn into Legit Marijuana Businessmen

    We still have the mosquito’s and leeches to contend with. Their money is still taken. It just doesn’t go many places. Even when he buys the press to sell his vulgar lies.

    Sheldon Adelson Buys Editorial Support for Pot Prohibition in Nevada

    Addlebrain spending millions to keep patients suffering and people criminalized for using a natural alternative to the booze he pushes on gamblers. Victims upon victims of this politically fabricated crock of shit 45 years ago. More victims brought to you by the family and children party…

    “Cruel and Unjust”:
    The war on Drugs Snares Immigrant for Pot,
    Breaking a Virginia Family in Two.

  • Free Speech in the Safespace (LOL!)

    We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear—fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a terrorist sympathizer.

    — Hunter S. Thompson

  • claygooding

    When the politically appointed panel that wrote the Controlled Substance Act asked the DEA for the science to prove cannabis was a dangerous drug their reply was” we don’t have any at this time but we have a research team that will have it in the near future” IIRC

    FEB @014: When asked by the Reform committee for the science that proves cannabis is more dangerous than alcohol,,the answer was,,”We do not have any science to prove it but we have ongoing research that will prove it.”

    Propaganda and lies is all they still have.

    http://tinyurl.com/jp5oo4u

    And here we are over two years later and still no science.

  • Dopey Doper

    When is Obama going to legalize cannabis and disband the DEA? (crickets)

  • darkcycle

    Wow. I would have brought this to the Open thread, but I didn’t want it to get lost. Project CBD released this paper on THC/CBD synergy, it’s vital information that can be used by anybody (okay, some people) seeking to understand and implement cannabis for therapeutic applications. Finally, some research we can use. Unthanks to DEA and ONDCP.
    https://www.projectcbd.org/article/cbd-really-non-psychoactive

    • NCN

      darkcycle, I read that a few days ago and thought is was excellent. Highly recommend Project CBD.

      Check out Martin’s video interviews and there’s a really, really, really, nice cannabis house plant that’s so awesome you may not even notice it at first.

      It’s a sweetie.

      CBD saved my ass this week. Forces ganged up on me that left me in rough shape. Sciatica so bad I cried getting in and out of chairs and getting dressed.

      What worked for me was mixing THC and CBD-rich cannabis to get approximately a 1:1 ratio. That was the only thing that really gave me any relief. I found the flower versions I smoked offered more relief than the Sativex-like tincture I also used (which is also 1:1).

      I used ACDC (0.7% THC/13.4% CBD) or Suzy Q
      (0.8% THC/12.2% CBD) and mixed them with various High-THC strains.

      I have a CBD daytime mix and a CBD nighttime mixture ready to go into a pipe as needed. Messes a bit with my recreational buzz though.

      THC/CBD, the power-couple of cannabinoid therapy.

  • A police and propaganda agency, and much, much more. DEA – Third word police ambassador’s from the US. Guiding and shepherding police and armies, providing expert training; arming cops and soldiers, and the teaching of US “friendly nation” status philosophies.

    Since sharing is no problem between agencies, FBI and CIA and US military assistance are never far away. And to those special friends come financing – no problem with secret black military budgets entailing slush funds capable of building armies.

    The DEA has conflicting multiple functions and mandates that only make it useful as another army in the US repertoire. They have never been oriented through actual science or knowledge – just politics and running war. They should not be the overlords running a domestic army to silence the US population from interfering in our countries (the DEA’s) fancied US military interests. The DEA MUST have illegal drugs to continue it’s obsolete Nixonian agenda’s fighting long gone hippies and other imagined enemies from around the world.

    Illicit drugs are the keys to those types of intrusive and coercive political behaviors in smaller countries whose politics we have no business in.

    So the DEA always has the answer: Drugs are bad and we will help you stop them. With help that extends from US military operations to White House approvals and very public grand ceremonial awards and praises to co-operating nations and leaders. Leaders’s foolish enough to go along for the money and power.

    This simple formula keeps marijuana and other drugs very, very dangerous and illegal. Even that most dangerous one marijuana – an herb that has never killed anyone until we named it public enemy #1. The one drug with no known LD50, capable of killing no one unless prohibited, and harmful to no one even children, except to the degree it is suppressed and inhibited from use.

    The DEA has nothing left to offer America except obsolete thinking and war. This agency must be dismantled. It should be disconnected from all public contact and barred from ever having any into the future. This agency should go. Its harms far outweigh any good the DEA thinks its prohibitions are doing.

    “Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil – only evil – and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.”

    — Roger Q. Mills of Texas, 1887,
    quoted repeatedly during a December 1914
    debate in Congress over alcohol Prohibition

  • jean valjean

    OT
    Drug Czar Michael Botticelli reassures us that the stigma of drug use has ended…. meanwhile the administration of which he is a part does this:

    “… ICE insists the penalty for these [drug] offenses should continue for the rest of Kenault’s life, permanently separating him from his wife Melissa and the child they want nothing more than to raise together. Kenault never should have been deported in the first place. All he is asking is for the day in court that was wrongfully denied him. ICE could make it happen tomorrow. Their refusal to do so is cruel and unjust, and it is devastating an American family.”

    http://www.salon.com/2016/06/13/cruel_and_unjust_the_war_on_drugs_snares_immigrant_for_pot_breaking_the_virginia_family_in_two/

  • Charles Darwin Martyr Brigades

    No smoking in any lodging, cannabis container must be closed and out of reach of the driver, no cannabis allowed in any federal park or building, all CO state laws:

    http://www.westword.com/news/colorado-mcdonalds-pot-smoking-areas-spoof-goes-viral-7260637

  • Dante

    It’s not just the DEA. Or bad cops. Or crooked politicians.

    Lately, it seems that the entire federal government is “not working in the interests of the truth or the country”.

    Protect and Serve (themselves!)

  • QuaxMercy

    I want to thank Ethan and the DPA team for providing this perfect frame to the DEA’s revelation of most recent Re-schedule review. Talk about yer Greatest Hits – they’re all cataloged, all the Boobs & Bozos in all their obtuse obstreperousness over 40+ years. Regardless of their decision, we need to be prepared to rip away control of this discussion from the corrupt, illegitimate, inhumane pretenders who have stymied progress for so long.

  • Servetus

    What the DEA and NIDA call marijuana research is actually a depraved pseudoscientific criminality. It is the same kind of criminality the Nazi SS employed in identifying and eliminating Jews, and other alleged undesirables. It’s the type of pseudoscientific criminality Nazi doctors like Mengele committed when he and others did medical experiments on humans, or dosed them with tabun or sarin nerve gases.

    The Nazis sent drug addicts to work camps or extermination centers, unless the person was famous, or a leading Nazi official such as Goering. In the case of Hans Fallada, one of Germany’s greatest novelists and a serious morphine addict, such people were sent to one of several fortress prisons reserved for distinguished German citizens. The two-tiered system of justice in Nazi Germany was openly accepted, unlike the United States, where the government tries to hide it.

    NIDA funded researchers violate the public trust when they, the ONDCP, or the DEA, misrepresent research findings using vague or misleading speculations and false conclusions in public press releases. They literally commit fraud. The result is that skewed press coverage vilifies and scapegoats marijuana, and ultimately marijuana consumers, who are then persecuted. Corporations are led to believe they need to protect themselves from hiring “bad employees”. Store chains such as Home Depot openly display signs saying all new employees will be drug tested as part of the hiring process. Certain elements of American society profit both monetarily and politically directly from the persecution itself.

    Many Americans are in denial that an entire sub-branch of their government could be utterly corrupt and openly hostile toward freedom and democracy, despite the history of the CIA. Many Americans don’t read history, or they haven’t lived it. Reading Fallada’s novels might give them a clue, but then they don’t read fiction. Anti-intellectualism is deeply engrained in certain American cultures. In the case of illicit drugs, anti-intellectualism disguises the fact that dual use laws such as drug prohibitions are a springboard to despotism and tyranny.

  • Control All Delete

    But they are part of the government and government is infallible.
    Every problem can be solved by the magical humanity loving government that exists only to serve us.
    Too bad the hippies sold out and became the man.
    I hope it was worth it.

  • Meanwhile in Italy

    Italian Parliament, Rome June 15

    Part of the evidence given by Carla Rossi, professor of medical statistics at the University of Rome, regarding the examination of draft law on the legalization of the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis and its derivatives for recreation and medical use:

    “Comparing the Italian data with that of other countries, we note that everywhere where the laws are the most restrictive cannabis use is the highest. The illegal market, as evidenced by the constant high cost of enforcement, has not been stopped, and those who use cannabis spend just half a day searching for a source. Only 5% of the illegal traffic is intercepted. Its toxicity is lower than that of both alcohol and tobacco. With a legal market the illegal market would disappear.”

    Part of the evidence given by Leopoldo Grosso, honorary chairman of the Abel Group:

    “This would save money and promote health. This is what you could attain from a liberalization of the consumption of cannabis. If done thoroughly with control and discipline. liberalization would have several health benefits, such as knowledge of what is consumed, more control of the side effects, greater ability to control problem drug use and a greater connection with social services.”

    http://tinyurl.com/h3hd737

  • Will

    From DPA’s report;

    “Under the Controlled Substances Act, the DEA may
    initiate proceedings to add, delete or change the
    schedule of a drug or substance, as may the Department
    of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ————————————

    Yes, this would be the same HHS that was granted patent #6630507 (Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants) in 2001. I guess if I was Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who happens to currently be Secretary of HHS, I would cower in the background and pray to the gods that no one asks me why the department I run doesn’t step into cannabis scheduling fray. Especially since the department I run holds the %$&@ patent! Yeah, and when I left my office to go home every day, I’d make sure I wear my Groucho Marx glasses/nose/mustache mask…

  • Mouth

    When’s Donald Trump going to go after the DEA? Mumbai 2008 still stinks. And I hear that the Bombay Stock Exchange is absolutely great–just fantastic, which means dumping the DEA off into Hell would be good for business.

      • Mouth

        Trump claims to hate Radical Islam to the point of not letting any Muslims into the nation. Yet the DEA hired a Radical Terrorist, David Headley to do undercover buys and low and behold, Mumbai 2008 was a part of it. Much of the DEA money given to David went to financing much of the Mumbai attacks, on top of any of the smack he bought in Pakistan (I don’t think a very good snitch with big connections gets a kilo or two off the streets). And I remember when the DEA killed a bunch of my brothers in Afghanistan by forcing them to do a drug raid that led to a copter crash.

        My vendetta is the War on Terror since I’m a War on Drugs in Iraq Vet i.e. drug prohibition helped finance the insurgents and the terrorists Bush created and emailed invites to.

        Jean, if I told you that we held members of the Italian Mafia or Latin American traffickers in our Baghdad prison, you wouldn’t believe me. War loves drug money and a savvy businessman looking for good deals on drugs, loves war. If the insurgents or terrorists aren’t significantly financed by drugs, it’s then not logical to believe the Mexican Drug Cartels are financed by drugs. ISIS burns pot fields to show control of the local population and area, which has nothing to say about cocaine coming in from West Africa, headed for Europe etc. Most car trunks can carry hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs and not the same for oil . . . oil tankers are more obvious targets for drones, so drugs will always be a good source of income. All drug users and dealers never 100% snitch on themselves and their endeavors, so we are left with logic’s approach at sorting out speculation. Plus dead people never tell how much drugs their group or people sold and doubtful they’d talk about everything if caught.

  • Windy

    The DEA being a “police agency” means it is clearly an unconstitutional agency, since the Constitution forbids the fed gov from having any police at all.

  • Meanwhile in Canada

    “It’s clear to everyone from comments made in Parliament, there’s a push to legalize marijuana,” said the man’s lawyer, Geoff Laplante at Bracebridge criminal court Tuesday, June 7. “The climate for personal possession is changing and if this were to happen next April, we might not even be here for a plea.”

    Laplante asked Judge JD Evans for his client to be granted absolute discharge, which was granted. Absolute discharge is the lowest-level sentence an offender can receive, according to the criminal code. The accused does not receive a criminal conviction or record and does not have to serve probation.

    http://tinyurl.com/JudicialDecriminalization

  • Sick Realist

    If you murder a pot smoker instead of putting him (or “her”, sorry feminazis!) in a private prison, it means you are reducing your prison population. You can’t put dead people in prison. Many leftards lack critical thinking skills, so it comes as no surprise when they whine “America has the largest prison population in the world!!!!!111”. That’s why they praise countries like China or Russia. Most of their potheads are dead, not in prison.

    • thoughtcriminal

      Comrade only left leaning hivemind groupthink is the way forward to the glorious people’s collective utopia with each according to his need and the workers united.
      Soon the world will be a better place with all right wing bitter clinger scum in re-education camps or exterminated. Forward! The Great Leap Forward.

  • NorCalNative

    The DEA visited my city yesterday (Santa Rosa, CA) to shut down the folks making my dad’s cancer medicine. Fucking Fuck-headed Fucks!!!

    The company Care By Design makes CBD-rich extracts as well as High-THC vape pens and cartridges using supercritical CO2 extraction.

    The local rag, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat said that they were using butane.

    My dad’s bone pain from the metastasis of his prostate cancer has been helped significantly by his use of Care By Design’s 1:1 ratio hash oil that mimics Sativex.

    The hash-oil use has given my 90-year-old father a second-wind. The real criminal action here is from the Gestapo jack-booted thugs. I’ll get by, but I worry about my dad’s symptoms without the OIL.

    Cannabis Now Magazine blog has the story.

    • World Downfall

      We have to travel 2000 mile round trip to get CBD for my brother with stage III lung cancer.
      The 1/25,0000th strength hemp based CBD is available here but it is worthless compared to cannabis based CBD.
      There is no intoxicating agent in CBD since THC is not present.
      Last year a federal judge in northern California ruled that the DEA must stop interfering with medical cannabis disepnsaries who are operating within the law.

      http://time.com/4080110/dea-medical-marijuana-california-ruling/

    • Your dad and I have a lot in common. I just happen to live in a state that does not allow dispensaries or oils or making them either. It does not make treating myself with my medicine very easy. Prohibitionist bastards!

      • NorCalNative

        TC, I’m sorry to hear that. I admire your fighting spirit that’s always a feature of your comments.

        I’m tired of two-Americas, one where people can access the healing powers of cannabis and one that still believes in a flat earth.

        Hang in there bud.

  • Enslaved By Propaganda

    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”—Aldous Huxley

  • Geo

    OK, interesting point of view.