Shocking story out of California shows DEA brutality at its worst

On Tuesday, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a summary of their investigation into Daniel Chong’s harrowing arrest, where DEA agents left him without food or water for five days and ignored his pleas for help.

Unfortunately, employing moral and ethical conduct was not as important for these agents as following institutional protocol. Chong’s story is an abominable example of authoritative abuse.

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An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for information on rival cartels.

Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.

There have long been allegations that Guzman, considered to be “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” coordinates with American authorities.

But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official. [holy shit…continue]

IRS penalizing pot shops for paying federal payroll tax in cash

(Cannabist) Legal marijuana businesses without bank accounts are unfairly assessed a 10 percent penalty on federal employee withholding taxes they are required to pay electronically but are forced to pay in cash, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice.

That’s because the Internal Revenue Service requires all businesses to pay the quarterly tax by bank wire, an impossibility for hundreds of medical and recreational marijuana shops nationwide that are unable to obtain banking services.

And rather than waive the penalty for cash-only businesses paying the tax on time, the IRS advised the companies to avoid the assessment by using techniques that amount to money-laundering, according to a petition filed in U.S. Tax Court.

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Saying that hemp seeds are as dangerous as heroin is laughable on its face, considering that a Schedule I drug is defined as having “no currently accepted medical use,” when we all know that 22 states (plus D.C.) have approved marijuana for exactly that reason.
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Opinion: Kentucky hemp standoff demonstrates DEA overreach

Federal officials refuse to say when they will release 250 pounds of hemp seeds

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