Posts Tagged ‘drug enforcement agency’


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Down with the Czars!


Wednesday October 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

Rep. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name for consideration as President Trump’s drug czar. By some accounts, Marino backed legislation that restricted enforcement of opioid laws. Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, who called for Marino’s withdrawal, said “we need a drug czar who has seen the devastating effects of the problem.”…
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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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