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Wed Jun 11, 2014, 04:55 PM

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science (Drug Policy Alliance Report)

https://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/dea-four-decades-impeding-and-rejecting-science

Direct link to PDF of report: https://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/DPA-MAPS_DEA_Science_Final.pdf

This report, co-published by DPA and MAPS, illustrates a decades-long pattern of behavior that demonstrates the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) inability to exercise its responsibilities in a fair and impartial manner or to act in accord with the scientific evidence. The report’s case studies reveal a number of DEA practices that maintain the existing, scientifically unsupported drug scheduling system and obstruct research that might alter current drug schedules. In addition to marijuana, the report also examines the DEA's speed in moving to ban MDMA, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic stimulants. In contrast to the DEA's failure to act in a timely fashion when confronted with evidence for scheduling certain drugs less severely, the agency has shown repeatedly that it can move quickly when it wants to prohibit a substance. The report recommends that responsibility for determining drug classifications and other health determinations should be completely removed from the DEA and transferred to another agency, perhaps even a non-governmental entity such as the National Academy of Sciences. The report also recommends the DEA should be ordered to end the federal government’s unjustifiable monopoly on the supply of research-grade marijuana available for federally approved research. No other drug is available from only a single governmental source for research purposes.


http://www.alternet.org/drugs/dea-four-decades-impeding-and-rejecting-science

The DEA is a police and propaganda agency. by Ethan Nadelman and Rick Doblin

Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, the DEA’s powers include not just the ability to enforce federal drug laws, but the authority to schedule drugs and license facilities for the production and use of scheduled drugs in federally-approved research. The DEA is statutorily required to make its determinations based on scientific data. There is no indication in the legislative record that the CSA intended for drug classification to be a one-way ratchet, with only tighter controls ever envisioned. Nor was there any indication that the DEA’s decision-making process was intended to be an entirely political process.

Despite substantial evidence confirming marijuana’s medical benefits, the DEA has opposed any efforts to reform federal policy to reflect this. At the same time, the DEA has essentially blocked the FDA drug development route for marijuana by making it extremely difficult for researchers to obtain marijuana for clinical trials.

The DEA took 16 years to issue a final decision rejecting the first marijuana rescheduling petition, five years for the second, and nine years for the third. In two of the three cases, it took multiple lawsuits to force the agency to act.

(me: THE HOUSE OF REPS DOES THIS SAME THING BY LETTING BILLS DIE IN COMMITTEE YEAR AFTER YEAR.)

DEA Administrative Law Judges are government officials charged with evaluating the evidence on rescheduling and other matters before the DEA and making recommendations based on that evidence to the DEA Administrator. In the cases of the scheduling of marijuana and MDMA, the judges determined that that they should be placed in Schedule II instead of Schedule I, where they would be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as prescription medicines, but still retain criminal sanctions for non-medical uses. However, agency administrators overruled their Administrative Law Judges' recommendations, substituting their own judgments and ignoring scientific evidence. The current DEA head, Michelle Leonhart, also rejected a DEA Administrative Law Judge ruling that the DEA end its unique and unjustifiable monopoly on the supply of research-grade marijuana available for federally-approved research.


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RainDog Jun 2014 OP
CanonRay Jun 2014 #1
RainDog Jun 2014 #7
Blue Owl Jun 2014 #2
Warpy Jun 2014 #3
RainDog Jun 2014 #4
rhett o rick Jun 2014 #6
Warren DeMontague Jun 2014 #5
WillyT Jun 2014 #8
RainDog Jun 2014 #9

Response to RainDog (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 04:58 PM

1. ...and counting

They are still fighting the idea that Marijuana has any medicinal purpose. Just another entrenched bureaucracy.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:58 PM

7. Irv Rosenfeld

The second federal marijuana "Compassionate Use" investigative program patient, has used cannabis to treat his bone/tumor disease for 40 years. In those 40 years, he has never had another tumor - prior to his daily (10 cigarettes per day) use of cannabis, he continually had tumors grow on his bones, to the point that he would've been immobile, if not dead, by now.

If the DEA had its way, they would've killed him if they could.

So, really, fuck the DEA.

They killed Peter McWilliams outright by denying him the use of medical mj to keep down his HIV and cancer meds. He choked on his own vomit.

Fuck the DEA.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:05 PM

2. Fuckers

It's always been about profiteering, plain and simple.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:13 PM

3. Michele Leonhart has got to go

and be replaced with a reality based director who would stop their harassment of medical cannabis dispensaries and doctors who prescribe cannabis.

They also need to stop leaning on pain service doctors and all other doctors who prescribe opiates to people in pain.

The assholes still don't realize that untreated pain is a lethal condition--until it happens to them and they no longer work for that agency.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:40 PM

4. In that world of strange political bedfellows...

Mitch McConnell is now all over the DEA since he wrote the hemp provision of the Farm Bill and the DEA told the Ag. Commission they needed to provide locations of all hemp fields... to tear them up.

But, if this is what it takes to bring the DEA down to human size, so be it.

Marijuana should be removed completely from DEA oversight.

The DEA, long before Leonhart, and into her tenure, has demonstrated a reckless disregard for the health and well being of American citizens by their actions.

No more funding for marijuana prohibition.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:43 PM

6. She is a hold over from the Bush years. There are quite a few. Makes me wonder if Pres Obama

 

can fire them without the permission of B613.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 05:43 PM

5. Two Words:

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 07:32 PM

8. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 04:02 PM

9. Thanks for the kick! n/t

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