Posts Tagged ‘war on drugs’

DEA Hemp Madness


Monday July 28th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:02am PDT   •   1 Comment

Rep. Jared Polis recently went on record stating that DEA boss Michele Leonhard “is a terrible agency head.” The liberal Colorado Democrat has a strong case, but there’s more to it than that. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a conservative Kentucky Republican, blasted the DEA for wasting limited resources by impounding hemp seeds destined for research…
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Federal $25 Billion Drug Bust


Monday July 21st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

Michael Botticelli, the federal “drug czar” and adviser to Barack Obama, wants to spend $25 billion next year to fight drugs. A report to Congress from the drug czar’s office said, “we must seek to avoid oversimplified debates between the idea of a war on drugs and the notion of legalization as a panacea.”…
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DEA Leaves Student Nearly DOA


Monday August 12th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:03am PDT   •   3 Comments

Last year, the UC San Diego engineering student Daniel Chong was mistakenly swept up in a DEA raid near the UC campus. Chong, 25, had committed no crime and was not charged with anything. But DEA agents stuck the student in a small windowless interrogation room with no food, water, or toilet facilities, and…
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Hemp Madness


Monday January 21st, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:26am PDT   •   4 Comments

As the Washington Post recently noted, the United States is the world’s leading consumer of products made from hemp, with sales of more than $43 million in 2011. All these products, however, come from outside the country, primarily Canada, because the United States is the only major industrialized country to ban the growing of…
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Fixing the Budget Deficit Without Raising Taxes


Monday November 15th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:01am PDT   •   3 Comments

The New York Times has a wonderful tool for understanding how the recommendations of the presidential deficit commission could work to close the estimated annual budget shortfalls in the future. You simply go through and select spending cuts and tax increases until the budget shortfall is corrected for both in the present and future….
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