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New Mexico Man Sues Border Patrol Over Medical Marijuana Rights

medical marijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Mexico man filed suit against Border Patrol, saying agents are violating the law by refusing to allow him to posses medical marijuana, Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Raymundo Marrufo filed the federal lawsuit in hopes of getting an injunction against Border Patrol for asking travelers about drugs at border checkpoints.

To obtain his medical cannabis, Marrufo must pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint, where he is asked whether he has any illegal drugs.

“If Marrufo answers ‘yes,’ he is a drug smuggler subject to felony indictment,” the court complaint states.

If Marrufo says no, he could be charged with lying to a federal agent.

“He doesn’t know if his life, for all intents and purposes, is going to end that day,” his attorney, Jason Flores-Williams, said in an interview Tuesday.

In the suit, Marrufo argues that a federal provision makes it illegal for the DOJ to interfere with state statues that allow the “use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“Whether it is a sense of entitlement, indifference or simply ignorance of the law, the court must immediately issue an injunction enjoining the United States Border Patrol from asking questions and conducting searches that violate that Rohrabacher Amendment,” the complaint states.

DEA ‘Most Interested’ in Americans Who Invest in Medical Marijuana Industry in Canada

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA said it is “most interested” in U.S. residents who invest in Canadian medical marijuana, Reuters reports.

Some experts say those investors are violating the Controlled Substances Act because pot is still illegal on the federal level. Using a bank to transfer funds also could be considered money laundering.

Reuters asked about the DEA’s position on these types of investments, and the agency’s spokesman said the DEA is “most interested in these types of activities.”

The news caused a brief decline in shares in medical marijuana companies because a recovery.

Report: DEA Has Impeded Much-Needed Research into Medical Benefits of Marijuana for Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has obstructed research into the medical benefits of marijuana in an attempt to keep the drug from being reclassified, according to a new report, AlJazeera reports.

“The DEA impedes research by abusing its discretionary powers over the scheduling process, making it difficult to obtain marijuana for research purposes.

We recommend taking away the DEA’s power over drug scheduling and access to drugs for research,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), said Wednesday during a teleconference.

The report, “The DEA: Four Decades of Impending and Rejecting Science,” urges the DEA to end its objections to marijuana research that could be used to help patients in need.

“The DEA has created a Catch-22 — saying that the FDA didn’t approve marijuana therefore it’s bogus, while at the same time obstructing FDA research necessary for approval,” Jag Davies, publications manager for DPA, said.

Despite impeding research, the DEA continues to insist that there’s not enough evidence to support rescheduling marijuana to Schedule 2, a move that would allow for medical use.

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Drug Policy Alliance: DEA Impeded, Rejected Science on Medical Marijuana for 4 Decades

By Ethan Nadelmann
Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance

For four decades, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has systematically obstructed medical research and rejected scientific evidence. It’s increasingly clear that entrusting decisions involving medical science to the DEA is akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse. And what’s most striking is how little scrutiny the DEA has faced from Congress or other federal overseers.

Wednesday, members of Congress, scientific experts, medical marijuana patients and others will join us in a teleconference that will accompany the release of a new report co-published by MAPS and the Drug Policy Alliance called “The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science”.

Since the days of the Nixon administration, federal officials have described the drug classification process as based on science and evidence. But the DEA’s actions strongly indicate that their decision-making has everything to do with politics and little to do with science.

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.
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House Votes To Stop DEA from Targeting Medical Marijuana Operations in States

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s crackdown on state-licensed medical marijuana operations may finally come to an end under a measure passed late Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives, Huffington Post reports.

The bipartisan amendment, approved 219-189, would prevent the DEA from using federal funds to go after medical cannabis in states where it is legal.

The vote marks a seismic change in Congressional attitudes toward marijuana.

“We are nearing a point now where the United States Congress is essentially ready to end marijuana prohibition,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project.

The bill, which still has hurdles to clear, seeks to end DEA raids of cannabis dispensaries that comply with state law.

There are 22 states that allow the medical use of marijuana.

Thursday’s measure must now get approval from the Senate.

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Border Patrol Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana in New Mexico Despite Leniency Elsewhere

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Medical marijuana cardholders in New Mexico are running into trouble in New Mexico courtesy of the Border Patrol.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that patients are afraid to travel in the state because of Border Patrol checkpoints and crackdowns of marijuana, which is still illegal nationally.

The crackdown comes as the Justice Department, under the recommendations of President Obama, grows more tolerant of state laws allowing medical pot.

CBP appears on be on an anti-marijuana mission, prompting calls from state and federal representatives to urge the agency to rethink its position on pot, the Journal reported.

“Their argument is that, at the federal level, marijuana is still illegal and that is correct,” state Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, wrote in a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. “However, with states like Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana, most of the agencies of the federal government have changed their policies to reflect the reality.”

How Former DEA Agents Turned From Drug Fighters to Pot Proponents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Schmidt spent most of his career hunting down drug dealers.

Now the retired DEA agent – the former top drug enforcer in Oregon – is holding seminars to advise medical marijuana dispensaries on the laws, CNBC reports.

DEA Agent Patrick Moen recently gave up his badge to work for a venture-based capital firm focused on the pot industry.

“Fifteen years in law enforcement, I came to realize that targeting marijuana offenders was not a good use of resources,” Moen said. “And so, I believe that prohibition needs to end. I believe the end of it is inevitable.”

DEA agents like Moen and Schmidt are in demand because of their expertise on marijuana, which is rapidly becoming legal in states for medicinal and recreational purposes.

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DEA Continues to Bust Pot Shops in States Where Medicinal Marijuana Is Legal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA continues to crack down on medical marijuana stores in states where voters legalized the use of medical pot.

The latest law enforcement effort is targeting medicinal pot shops cropping up in metropolitan Seattle, Q13 Fox reports.

The DEA sent letters to shops that are close to schools or playgrounds and appear to be sending out more letters, the Fox station reported.

Some neighbors are relieved. Anna Ioannides lives next to one shop. She voted against I-502.

“Just like having a gun shop in the neighborhood; it would make me uneasy as well,” Anna Loannides said. “Same idea.”

Others weren’t so concerned.

“Once they moved in, to be quite honest, I hadn’t even noticed they moved in,” Kelley Scholz told Fox. “It’s pretty quiet; you don’t even realize they’re there.”