Democrats say federal agencies are six months behind on a required report on the law that prevented the Drug Enforcement Administration from acting against companies accused of sending large quantities of addictive painkillers to the black market.
Thirty four marijuana farms were extensively damaged by fires in Northern California. Because the federal government considers marijuana cultivation and sales a criminal enterprise, it remains difficult or impossible for most marijuana businesses affected by the fire to get insurance, mortgages and loans to rebuild.
A 1984 federal law allowing police to keep up to 80% of the assets seized from criminal suspects has driven up drug arrests while turning the War on Drugs into a cash cow for local law enforcement. But it’s also had unintended negative consequences, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
President Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation’s worsening opioid crisis. Officials are scrambling to develop such the plan. It is unclear when it will be announced, how or if it will be done, and whether the administration has the permanent leadership to execute it.
Police are arresting large numbers of Chinese nationals in raids on illegal marijuana operations in California, Colorado and other states, raising questions about who is financing these grow houses and recruiting the immigrants to tend them.
The president’s promised declaration of a national opioid emergency would give the Trump administration novel and untested powers: broad authority to waive patient privacy laws, divert funds and give immunity to medical professionals and first responders. Without a formal proclamation, it’s impossible to know which of these powers Trump intends to use.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) was featured in a Washington Post-“60 Minutes” report on how he helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. President Trump said he will make a “major announcement, probably next week” about how his administration plans to tackle the “massive problem” of opioid addiction.
Black adults in Pennsylvania were eight times more likely than white adults to be arrested for marijuana possession last year, says an American Civil Liberties Union analysis. Advocates say the results argue for legalizing the drug.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments Tuesday, saying that the pair ran one of the world’s most prolific drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Officials say U.S. customers could purchase pure fentanyl and other dangerous drugs online directly from Chinese factories.
Letting Seattle voters decide whether to ban safe-injection sites would infringe on the power of the county health board, a judge ruled. If upheld on appeal, the ruling would knock the I-27 initiative off the February special-election ballot.