U.S. Rep. Ted LieuCongressmen Seek to Cut Off DEA’s “Cannabis Suppression” Funds Raul Duke September 22, 2015 Activism, Exclusive Web Content, Featured, Growing, Know Your Rights, Medical Marijuana News, Patient Resources, Politics, Recreational Cannabis, The Business Side of Medical Marijuana, The Business Side Of Recreational Cannabis, The Law, The United State Of Weed, The War On Drugs A pair of U.S. congressmen is seeking to cut off funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program.” The program is funded through controversial asset forfeitures, where agents who suspect you’re in the drug business take your home and car without due process. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of the L.A. area and Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan have paired up for the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act,” which they recently introduced in the lower house. The duo says the DEA spent $18 million on the program last year in order to arrest 6,310 people. “As multiple states legalize marijuana across our nation, it is a huge waste of federal resources for the DEA to eradicate marijuana,” said Lieu. “The federal government should focus its precious resources on other issues and let the states innovate in the cannabis field.” The bill would cut off the lifeblood of the program, it’s funding. The legislation is supported by the Marijuana Policy Project and by the Drug Policy Alliance. “Rep Lieu has shown leadership on the cannabis eradication issue since championing an amendment earlier this year to slash funding to the program, and Rep Amash is a tireless opponent of the type of wasteful spending that the DEA symbolizes,” said Michael Collins, Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. 2 Responses A Bill Seeking to Cut DEA’s Funds for Cannabis Eradication - The Cannabis Advisory September 23, 2015 […] Source: Congressmen Seek to Cut Off DEA’s Pot Suppression Funds […] Log in to Reply Bipartisan Duo Seeks to Cut Lifeblood of DEA's Cannabis Eradication Program - IVN.us September 28, 2015 […] note: This article originally published on The 420 Times, and has been modified slightly for publication on […] Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.