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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate DEA Marijuana Eradication Program


dea emails marijuanaCongressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program.

The DEA program distributes funds to state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of locating and destroying marijuana cultivation sites. The proposed bill would prohibit federal funds from being distributed to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for any purpose pertaining to the program or any substantially similar program.

Statement from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA):

“As multiple states legalize marijuana across our nation, it is a huge waste of federal resources for the DEA to eradicate marijuana. The federal government should focus its precious resources on other issues and let the states innovate in the cannabis field. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill along with Congressman Amash.”

Statement from Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI):

“Civil asset forfeiture allows innocent people to have their property taken without sufficient due process, and this program encourages civil asset forfeiture by allowing the DEA to use the proceeds of seized property to fund marijuana prohibition enforcement. This is especially troubling given that the federal government should not be expending resources on marijuana prohibition—enforcement is a state-level issue, and an increasing number of states are deciding to back off from prohibition. I’m pleased to introduce this bipartisan bill with Congressman Lieu to stop the use of civil forfeiture proceeds for this element of the federal government’s marijuana enforcement efforts.”
Statement from Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“The solution to marijuana being grown on public lands is to tax and regulate it like alcohol. There’s a reason we don’t see headlines about cartels growing illicit fields of hops and barley or grapes in our national parks. Under prohibition, drug cartels and criminals control the trade, and they don’t obey the law. Law abiding, licensed businesses do. Marijuana is safer than alcohol and should be treated that way.

“Reps. Lieu and Amash should be commended for having the insight to understand the federal government’s current approach isn’t working and the courage to do something about it. The Marijuana Policy Project wholeheartedly supports this sensible legislation, and we look forward to helping to pass it.”

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit https://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.


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  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Never thought I’d agree with Harry Anslinger, but there could just be a first for everything. Except the “dominate” part. Domination, much like slavery, should be abolished in all its forms. We Americans have no inherent right to dominate any country for any purpose; we never did and never will.

  2. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Correction: Make that the Bureau of Alcohol, Cannabis, Narcotics, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

  3. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Many moons ago, legendary astronomer Carl Sagan said it best: “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” Shut down the Drug Enforcement Administration, repeal the entire Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and start over. Change the name of the federal regulator, calling it the Bureau of Alcohol, Cannabis, Narcotics, Firearms and Explosives. Offer former DEA agents jobs there or as security personnel at cannabis cultivation sites and related business in every state. Start this tomorrow! How can our federal government be trusted ever again to “classify” plant based products for public consumption, considering 100 years of military aggression directed at growers of cannabis, coca and opium poppy? That is most definitely the real crime.

  4. All Americans should support this bill. Marijuana is potentially a valuable export cash crop. American agriculture produces high quality cannabis. We need to dominate the global export market. No tax dollars for marijuana eradication! We need agricultural tax support for cannabis growers and we demand open global markets for this quality American product! Let the free market rule. People want their weed and we have the best in the business.

  5. The DEA and their draconian measures aimed at the American people should be eliminated entirely. The DEA is a gestapo type organization run amok. This bill is a good first start, but the organization should never have happened. Waging an unwinnable war on the american people is excitable and against the constitution. They break the law constantly and with impunity.
    I for one am tired of enemy occupation of the homeland. The DEA is the enemy of all freedom loving people of the entire world!

  6. This bill could make it out of the House if just enough Republicans joined with the Democrats, over 90% of whom will vote for it.

    And then McConnell will kill it in the Senate.

    Moral of the story? Want marijuana reform? Vote out hippie punching Republicans.

  7. Jordan Shorette on

    that may be true but we are getting closer and closer everyday. a bill that dies in committee is still better than no bill at all.

  8. Good luck with that one………

    Sadly, I am sure it will die a lonely, dusty death in committee, never to see the light again.

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