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Re: “DEA Says It Will Ignore President Obama's Wishes During Congressional Hearing on Marijuana Policy

Great article but a correction: Rep. Hal Rogers is the chair of Appropriations, and is a Republican representing the 5th District of Kentucky. The Subcommittee Chair, who presumably chaired the hearing, is Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). Rogers did submit an opening statement for the record, his is the only document that appears on the hearing page. Since Leonhart was being advised in that statement by Chairman Rogers that he wants to see more money going into the agency than is being requested, I'd guess that this was a very friendly hearing for DEA.

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Posted by dougmc on 04/02/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Citizens Outspending Cops 5:1 in Prop 19

Here's why federal involvement in the anti-Prop 19 campaign -- activity which does not get reported to any state authorities -- matters: Money.
For example, the Office of National Drug Control Policy funds many local-level anti-drug programs, mostly through the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Local groups and activists receiving CADCA funding have to know that a public show of support for Prop 19 could put their funding in jeopardy. Such a quid pro quo doesn't have to be publicly-stated; it's just politics.
It is arguable whether any recipient of federal moneys -- from from the Attorney General or other federal sources, not only ONDCP -- who opposes the measure publicly is motivated to do so because of a hope to please their funders. Yet I'm not making that sort of claim, and I'm certainly not accusing anyone of insincerity. I am merely observing that reports to the state on campaign spending related to this issue do not fully reflect opposition spending.

Posted by dougmc on 08/03/2010 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Citizens Outspending Cops 5:1 in Prop 19

While officially-reported donation and spending figures may currently appear to favor legalization advocates, some opponents of reform can side-step such official reporting. For example, federal agencies and employees, such as US Attorneys, DEA agents, and officials from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, are freely allowed to campaign on initiative measures without being required to file campaign spending reports. This could include -- as it has in the past in other states such as Nevada and Oregon -- speaking publicly against measures, or even sending out official letters or email from their offices to community groups and elected officials urging opposition to measures. While the Hatch Act precludes federal officials from involvement in partisan elections, the Act contains an exemption allowing participation in ballot measures as these are regarded as "nonpartisan".

Posted by dougmc on 08/03/2010 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Bates, deHaan, and Roy, Plus No on 8

I heartily agree with your endorsement of Proposition Five, the Nonviolent Offenders Rehabilitation Act, and particularly with your belief that drugs should be decriminalized. Although prohibitionists have long argued that such a move would make California a magnet for drug users, I believe that to be nonsense. Research has shown that this has not been the case when US states have decriminalized cannabis.
Having said that, I have to wonder what on earth you were thinking when you wrote that passing Measure JJ, which would allow medical cannabis dispensaries to relocate within the city of Berkeley, would somehow make Berkeley a "drug destination." The absurdity of this contradiction would be laughable if it weren't so serious.

Posted by Doug McVay on 10/29/2008 at 5:15 PM

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