Awww… too bad.
This article really makes me smile.
[…] The next day, Leonhart retired, a move Chaffetz and Cummings deemed â€œappropriate.â€ That was April.
In May, the Senate made history by voting in favor of the first pro-marijuana measure ever offered in that chamber to allow the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to veterans. Then when June rolled around, it was time for the House to pass its appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice and Science. Thatâ€™s when things got interesting. The DEA got its budget cut by $23 million, had its marijuana eradication unitâ€™s budget slashed in half and its bulk data collections program shut down. Ouch.
In short, April was a bad month for the DEA; May was historically bad; but June was arguably the DEAâ€™s worst month since Colorado went legal 18 months ago […]
The string of setbacks, cuts and handcuffs for the DEA potentially signals a new era for the once untouchable law enforcement agencyâ€”a sign that the national reconsideration of drug policy might engulf and fundamentally alter DEAâ€™s mission.
â€œThe DEA is no longer sacrosanct,â€ Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) tells Politico. […]
But unlike such dire warnings in the past, when Congress could be assured of protecting funding for a law enforcement agency seen for decades as key to winning the War on Drugs, the shine has now clearly come off DEAâ€”and that means the agencyâ€™s problems might just be beginning.
This has been a long time coming.