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Attorney General Eric Holder Expected to Issue Major Drug Sentencing Changes Today

August 12th

WASHINGTON, DC — In a speech to the American Bar Association today Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce major federal sentencing changes, including dropping the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in certain drug cases, expediting the release of certain nonviolent elderly prisoners, leaving more offenses to state courts to deal with, and working […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Major Sentencing Reform

August 7th

WASHINGTON, DC – In an interview with NPR that Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there are too many people in prison and it is time for federal sentencing reform. He could announce major changes as early as next week. In the NPR interview Holder said:  “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There […]

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DPA: Congress Should Hold Hearings Reviewing DEA and U.S. Drug Policy from Top-to-Bottom

August 6th

In what many have called a blatant abuse of power that strips Americans of their fundamental constitutional rights, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other agencies to spy on American citizens in the name of the War on Drugs. Moreover, according to an investigation […]

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DEA Unit Uses NSA Spy Data to Launch Criminal Investigations, Then Hide Their Origins

August 6th

At an undisclosed location in Virginia, a publicity-shy unit of the Drug Enforcement Agency is feeding surveillance data from the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as wiretaps, informants, and a massive DEA phone record database, to law enforcement officials around the country to help them launch criminal investigations of American citizens. Reuters broke the story with […]

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DEA Conceals Reliance on Surveillance Conducted by Intelligence Agencies

August 6th

NEW YORK – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is using secret surveillance tactics – including wiretaps and examining telephone records – to make arrests while concealing the source of the evidence from judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, according to a story published today by Reuters. In cases where this intelligence is used to make an […]

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DEA Raids Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensary

July 31st

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YPSILANTI, MI — The Drug Enforcement Agency, aided by several local law enforcement agencies, raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Ypsilanti, Michigan early Tuesday. Special Agent Rich Isaacson from the DEA’s Detroit division confirmed the raid on The Shop, which began around 10:30 am, but would not comment on the details of the search warrant [...]

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Wednesday’s DEA Medical Marijuana Raids May Have Cost Taxpayers $12.3 Million

July 26th

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OLYMPIA, WA — Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington on Wednesday, where voters have approved both the medical use of marijuana by authorized patients, as well as the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 or older.

The raids appear to have been the result of a two year investigation by the DEA, and a continuation of a paramilitary crackdown on medical cannabis providers that began in 2011.

But what was the cost to taxpayers, who are unknowingly financing a federal government crackdown that defies the will of voters?

Wednesday’s raid on the four dispensaries in Washington may have cost an upwards of $12.3 million, according to analysts from Americans for Safe Access, a national patient rights organization.

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Marijuana Legalization Advocates Return to Independence Mall This Friday for Smoke Down Prohibition VII

July 25th

By | The Daily Chronic - The Voice of the Reform Generation

This Friday, Philly NORML and The Panic Hour return to Independence Mall in Philadelphia for the seventh installment in their monthly protests against marijuana prohibition.

From the organizers:

“After six successful rallies, The Panic Hour and Philly Norml return with the seventh edition of Smoke Down Prohibition.

We ask you to join us and peacefully sit-in at The Liberty Bell to stand up against cannabis prohibition.

This time the rally will be on Friday, July 26th and we will be gathering for the event at 4:20pm. Meeting location is Independence Mall at 5th St and Market St.

Click here for more info and to RSVP”

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DEA Agent to Raided WA Dispensary Owner: “Things Are Going to be Hell For You”

July 25th

Bayside Collective employees in Olympia, WA stand in front of empty shelves following a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (K5)

Bayside Collective employees in Olympia, WA stand in front of empty shelves following a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (K5)

OLYMPIA, WA — When Bayside Collective owner Casey Lee saw seven vehicles speed into the parking lot of his Olympia, Washington medical marijuana dispensary Wednesday morning, he thought he was being robbed, and told his employees to take cover.

“When I came outside, there were guns drawn on me,” Lee said Wednesday night. “And then I saw the badges.”

As DEA agents cleaned out the shelves of his dispensary, confiscating an estimated $2,500 worth of medical marijuana and 17 small marijuana plants,  Lee says an agent asked him why he continued to remain in the business of providing medical marijuana.

“One of the DEA agents said: ‘This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?’” Lee said.  ”I just told him it’s because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn’t expecting that a. . . . . READ MORE

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DEA Raids Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Renewed Crackdown

July 24th

OLYMPIA, WA — Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration launched a new battle in the war against medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington on Wednesday, raiding several medical marijuana dispensaries the Puget Sound region.

A number of dispensaries in the area were closed for business as word of the raids, which began around 11 am PDT, spread among the community.

DEA spokesperson Jodie Underwood confirmed Wednesday that an operation was currently under way, but declined to provide any details about how many dispensaries were being targeted or how many search warrants were being executed.

It has been reported that Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Bayside Collective have been raided, but only the Bayside Collective in Olympia has been confirmed.

Addy Norton, an employee at Bayside Collective, told the Olympian that she was “terrified” during this morning’s raid, telling the newspaper that DEA agents pointed guns in her face as they entered the building.

Another employee from Bayside Collective, Casey Lee, said that agents took 11 or 12 plants and seized about a quarter pound of marijuana, but did not arrest anyone working at the dispensary, but would be federally subpoenaed.

“I don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here,” Lee told the Olympian. “This is really disturbing. We just opened last month.”

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