Wasted in the War on Drugs: Office of National Drug Control Policy's Wasted Efforts

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June 26, 2006
Katherine Walkenhorst
Citizens Against Government Waste

In an attempt to reign in wasteful government spending on the fight against medical marijuana, an amendment will be offered by Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) in the fiscal 2007 Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations Act. This amendment will ensure that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) can no longer use resources to raid and persecute users of medical marijuana in the states that have deemed it to be legal. It in no way prevents the DEA from arresting individuals who have obtained the substance in an illegal manner. In this time of excessive waste and expanding deficits, Congress must start sending a signal that its priorities are in order. Passage of the Hinchey/Rohrabacher amendment will ensure that valuable resources and taxpayer dollars are spent in a more effective manner.

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