Congress Turns on DEA; New Boss Makes Heroin-Cannabis Distinction

“The string of setbacks, cuts and handcuffs for the DEA potentially signals a new era for the once untouchable law enforcement agency — a sign that the national reconsideration of drug policy might engulf and fundamentally alter DEA’s mission.”

It’s all happened since April, after DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart politically imploded:

  • Budget cut by $23 million
  • Cannabis eradication unit budget slashed in half
  • Bulk data collections program shut down

Meanwhile, Leonhart’s replacement said heroin is probably is more dangerous than cannabis, going where his embattled predecessor, who resigned in May, had refused to go.

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