~via The Drug Policy Alliance: The U.S. Senate is rushing to pass four bills that would expand the DEA’s power by giving themthe authority to outlaw even more substances across the country and subject more Americans to long mandatory minimum sentences. This legislation would waste your tax dollars by escalating the war on drugs and increasing the DEA’s power.
Expanding the power of the DEA is a huge and costly mistake and we are not going to let them get away with it! The Senate needs to hear from you so please urge them to block these bills that would expand the drug war.
These draconian bills would make it easier for the DEA to ban and criminalize more drugs. The legislation would make it easier for the DEA to bypass the formal drug scheduling process and prohibit substances at their own discretion. If enacted, possession of any quantity could subject someone to a mandatory minimum sentence and incarceration. This misguided legislation would make it easier for the DEA — a law enforcement agency — to decide what drugs should be legal or illegal at their whim.
The DEA has a history of consistently ignoring sound scientific research and issuing outright lies about marijuana and other drugs. They routinely reject science and common sense in favor of fear and hysteria, and are an obstacle to evidence-based drug policies.
Given their anti-science, anti-public health record, why give federal police agents more authority over more substances?
This attempt to expand the power of the DEA and put even more people who use drugs behind bars is unacceptable. That’s why we need your help to demand that Congress stop escalating the drug war and stop these bills that would expand the DEA’s authority!