DEA Marijuana Seizures Nearly Double In A Year


Drug Enforcement Administration marijuana seizures nearly doubled from 1,539 metric tons in fiscal 2008 to 2,980 metric tons last year, reports The numbers are in the DEA budget request for fiscal 2011. Aaron Houston of the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates the legalization of marijuana, suspects the increase was a result of drug seizures from cartels.

Despite Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that targeting individual users of cannabis for medical purposes was no longer a priority, the DEA budget request spoke dismissively of the benefits of medical marijuana, placing the word patients in quotation marks. “DEA does not investigate or target individual 'patients' who use cannabis, but instead the drug trafficking organizations involved in marijuana trafficking,” the request stated. Houston applauded the administration for hailting raids on medical marijuana facilities in states that allow the practice, but “on the rest of their drug policy, they're on Bush administration auto-pilot,” he said.

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