SITSA creates a new “Schedule A” that gives the Attorney General of the United States the power to ban any “analogue” of an opioid that controls pain or provides an increase of energy.

Kratom Advocates:If you’ve had one of those days that starts with friends calling you with bad news, and the news just gets worse and worse as the day goes on - then that describes my day perfectly.On Friday of last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, dropped a bill …

‘America Is Full Of Hypocrites’: Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out

By Tess Allen  |  Feb 20, 2017 Days after John Knock learned that his application for clemency had been denied – meaning he would have to continue serving out two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent cannabis offense – he found himself transfixed by a story on NPR. “There was [someone on the …

NORML Forms Multi-State Workplace Drug Testing Coalition

by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator February 14, 2017 The fact that 190 million Americans now live in states where marijuana has been legalized to some degree is raising a number of questions and issues about how to integrate the American workforce and marijuana consumers rights in regards to drug testing. With medical marijuana is …

The Congressional Cannabis Caucus

  Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., left, and Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., two of the four U.S. congressmen who have launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Photo by Tom Williams—CQ-Roll Call,Inc   With public support for reforming marijuana laws at an all time high, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) …

How police tracked down a suspected heroin dealer after a rash of overdoses in Nicholasville

By Karla Ward kward1@herald-leader.com   When a narcotics detective with the Nicholasville Police Department heard about a surge in heroin overdoses in Jessamine County this week, he got busy. The detective, also a task force officer with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, notified Nicholasville Emergency Medical Services Tuesday that if there were more suspected heroin …

DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug

December 14, 2016 19:29 ET DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - On December 13, 2016, the DEA issued its Final Rule, "Establishment of New Drug Code …

What is the DEA up to now? What are they doing to our CBD?

When the news hit the fans today concerning the DEA's "new rule" on the sale of CBD remedies and other products everybody jumped up and said "WHAT?", or at least I did! I had been so wrapped up in the Kratom issue lately I hadn't even been thinking about CBD's.  Low and behold, I thought, …

New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal

Bruce Barcott December 14, 2016 The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this morning made CBD oil a little more federally illegal in a little-noticed bureaucratic maneuver this morning. Today’s Federal Register (Dec. 14, 2016) contains an item (21 CFR Part 1308) that establishes a new drug code for “marihuana extract.” “This code,” wrote DEA Acting …

Illinois residents forced to cough up nearly $725mn in civil asset forfeitures

Published time: 18 Nov, 2016   Over the course of a decade, Illinois and federal law enforcement took in more than $319 million and $404 million, respectively, from state residents who were merely suspected of having committed a crime, a new report has found. “[E]very year, Illinois law enforcement agencies take tens of millions of …

Apparent overdose in Ohio McDonald’s parking lot captured on Facebook live

      Alyssa Raymond, WKYC 12:30 PM. CST November 19, 2016 SANDUSKY - A desperate search for help from the man seen in a Facebook Live stream who overdosed in a McDonald's Parking lot in Sandusky Thursday evening. The video and the man's story are a powerful reminder of the heroin and opioid epidemic …

Petitioning to keep Kratom OUT of the Controlled Substance Act and Schedule I – We only have until December 1st!

Recently I published an article with information pertaining to the rescheduling of Kratom by the U.S. Government via the DEA into Schedule I Status. Fortunately the change was at least held off long enough for people to be able to make their comments on the subject. The link to REGULATIONS.GOV where the DEA/Federal Government is …

Legalize all narcotics now: War on drugs is war on people, says BMJ

Published time: 15 Nov, 2016 Doctors have an “ethical responsibility” to back the legalization of drugs, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has advised for the first time. An editorial in the BMJ, the UK’s most widely-read medical journal, argues that laws against drug use have harmed people across the world, while stressing that drug addiction …

It’s high time: If we can legalize marijuana, why can’t we end the misguided War on Drugs?

America's wasted more than $1 trillion on demonizing drugs, many of which, like weed, have real medical benefits Thor Benson On Election Day, my home state of California voted to legalize recreational cannabis, as did Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. So the 2016 elections represented a substantial victory for the legalization movement, which has managed to …

The DEA is accepting comments on the rescheduling of Kratom into Schedule I until December 1st…The time to comment is NOW!

Due to be published in the “Federal Register” on August 31st, 2016 is the DEA’s “Intent to reschedule” the opioids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine  These are the “ingredients” of the plant Kratom and they are placing it into schedule I using the “temporary scheduling provisions” of the Controlled Substances Act.  LINK     Speak now or …

Nearly 100 Groups Send Letter to Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) Opposing Death Penalty for Fentanyl Bill

  Press Release | 10/18/2016 Outdated Approach Would Expose Drug Sellers to Death Penalty Legislation Repeats Worst Mistakes of the Drug War Nearly 100 groups working on criminal justice reform, including NAACP, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the Drug Policy Alliance today sent a letter to Representative Tom Reed (D-NY), opposing H.R. 6158, the HELP …

Every 25 seconds in the United States, someone is arrested for the simple act of possessing drugs for their personal use…

  Summary   Neal Scott may die in prison. A 49-year-old Black man from New Orleans, Neal had cycled in and out of prison for drug possession over a number of years. He said he was never offered treatment for his drug dependence; instead, the criminal justice system gave him time behind bars and felony …

New Study Confirms Marijuana Use Up Drastically in Workforce

Cully Stimson / @cullystimson / October 12, 2016 / comments This November, there are a record number of ballot initiatives in at least nine states regarding so-called medical marijuana or outright legalization of the Schedule I drug. The pot pushers, both small businesses and large, want more people smoking, eating, and consuming more pot because …

The DEA spent $73,000 to eradicate marijuana plants in Utah. It didn’t find any.

  By Christopher Ingraham October 7 In 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration gave $20,000 to the state of New Hampshire to eradicate marijuana plants, according to federal documents. But the Granite State's law enforcement agencies didn't have much luck finding any weed to pull that year -- their efforts uncovered a single outdoor grow site …

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Illicit for Licit Narcotic Substitution

Originally written July 15, 2014 at LINK below Martin R. Huecker, MD and Hugh W. Shoff, MD, MS   The dealers will not use it. Heroin dealers have explicit knowledge of the addictive properties of their product. The heroin addict is no longer the desperate character living under a bridge. She is a 17-year-old high …

In NC prisons, synthetic marijuana has emerged as a deadly threat

K2, one of the commonly used brands of synthetic marijuana, is widespread in North Carolina’s prisons. Medical experts say it poses serious health risks. By Ames Alexander and Gavin Off aalexander@charlotteobserver.com goff@charlotteobserver.com   North Carolina prison officials are grappling with a growing threat – synthetic marijuana, which is suspected in the death of at least …

Jesse Ventura Calls For Legalizing All Drugs

VIDEO AT THIS LINK By Jason Devaney   |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 04:54 PM Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants to see marijuana and every other drug made legal in order to regulate them better. During a series of interviews with Newsmax TV, Ventura — the author of the book "Marijuana Manifesto" — said Wednesday …

FDA News Release: Kratom seized in California by US Marshals Service

  For Immediate Release August 4, 2016 Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 100 cases of products labeled as containing kratom. The products are distributed by Nature Therapeutics LLC, which does business as Kratom Therapy and is located in Grover Beach, California. The seized …

The DEA has filed notice of intent to add Kratom to schedule 1

  Various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant. Consistent with this effect being opioid-like, anecdotal reports indicate that some users have used kratom to successfully recover …

State Begins Random Drug-Testing of Middle School Children — With Punishment

Claire Bernish August 22, 2016   Random drug-testing of middle-schoolers — with penalties — has become a reality for a school district in New Jersey that already does so with high school students. Though the Lacey Township Board of Education program will be implemented purely on a “voluntary” basis for seventh and eighth graders who …

Ellen Brown Asks if Monsanto Will Win The War On Weed

Corbett • 07/11/2016 • 4 Comments   Voter initiatives like California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” have many celebrating the legalization of the long-demonised plant. But as Ellen Brown writes in her new article, “The ‘War on Weed’ Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto/Bayer Be the Winner?” the push toward legalization is being steered …

After Fighting for Freedom, 76-yo Vet Sentenced to Die In Prison for Treating His Illness With Pot

    Claire Bernish April 21, 2016 As public frustration helps sound the death knell for the drug war, its arbitrary laws and policies appear even more absurd. In the latest inexcusable enforcement of an antiquated law, 76-year-old disabled veteran Lee Carroll Brooker will live out what should be his golden years behind bars — …

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, California Pioneers Rot in Federal Prison

Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes opened a dispensary in Modesto. Now they're doing 20 years in federal prison. Their families want them home. By Angela Bacca / AlterNet April 13, 2016 Behind the headlines about President Obama’s historic visit to federal prisons and highly publicized releases of non-violent drug offenders, the numbers tell a different …

Two senators held a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics to determine if the Justice Department is neglecting its duty to enforce federal marijuana laws. Only anti-pot activists and those opposed to legalization were invited to testify.

Senators hold a ‘one-sided prohibitionist party’ – marijuana activists Published time: 6 Apr, 2016 01:27 Get short URL © Ruptly <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = "[default] http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" NS = "http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" /> Two senators held a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics to determine if the Justice Department is neglecting its duty to enforce federal marijuana …

A personal letter from Shona Banda (Please help Shona Banda!)

        Shona Banda's ~ Live Free or Die· Tuesday, March 8, 2016   I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution that has helped so far in this struggle. The GoFundMe money was raised for legal fees and expenses surrounding the case, the money has …

As A Big UN Drug Policy Summit Draws Near, Will Marijuana Activists Become Global Drug Reformers?

By Joel Warner @joelmwarner On 03/29/16 AT 7:56 AM Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance and one of the most recognized speakers in drug policy circles, doesn’t mince words when he gets up to talk at marijuana industry events. “Frankly,” he often says, “I am not interested in meeting most of you.” …