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Washington, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization.

 

“The DEA is a police and propaganda agency," Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice."

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The Drug Czar Act of 2014 (H.R. 4046) requires the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), better known as the U.S. Drug Czar, to “take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use” of marijuana or any Schedule I drug. Because of the ban, the Drug Czar and his staff are prohibited from stating any contrary position on marijuana policy and are not allowed to study the legalization of medical marijuana or the legalization of marijuana by any means for any other purpose in the several states and the District of Columbia. Moreover, until and unless this law is repealed in Congress the agency will remain a roadblock. Legislation to repeal has been introduced but is not moving forward at this time.

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