Fighting the feds

  • DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg Steps Down and Robert Patterson Takes Over

    Rosenberg found himself clashing with the Trump administration on law enforcement issues and medical marijuana research.

    October 4, 2017

    Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, resigned on Oct. 1. “I will continue to root for you now from the sidelines,” he told his staff.

    Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Rosenberg had turned down serving as the DEA’s permanent head.

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Marino nominated for drug czar

    Trump's 'disastrous choice' for top drug policy official voted against medical marijuana for veterans

    September 15, 2017

    For the second time, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is being considered to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The news that Marino, 65, was President Trump’s choice for the drug czar post came four months after he withdrew his name due to a “critical illness” in his family.

  • Feds Drop Case Against Berkeley Patients Group

    The City of Berkeley supported the dispensary in its quest to stay open.

    November 9, 2016

    On Oct. 31, the federal government ended its case against Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), California’s “longest continuously operating dispensary.”

    In 2013, then-U.S. attorney Melinda Haag sent a letter to the BPG and its landlord warning that forfeiture proceedings would be forthcoming. The following year, the dispensary moved to a new location to avoid such actions.