Newsbrief: New DEA Administrator Karen Tandy Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee Following Medical Marijuana Controversy 7/11/03

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Two weeks ago DRCNet reported that Bush administration nominee for DEA chief administrator Karen P. Tandy appeared to be headed for an easy confirmation by the US Senate Judiciary Committee (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/293.shtml#tandyhearing), but that medical marijuana advocates were seeking to persuade Senators to question her on the use of federal resources to raid medical marijuana operations that have been sanctioned by states.

Yesterday (7/10), the committee confirmed Tandy's appointment, but not without controversy or dissent. According to DRCNet associate director David Guard, who attended the hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- not a traditional friend of medical marijuana -- nevertheless raised the issue -- to which Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) responded by saying there's no scientific evidence supporting medical marijuana -- which Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) immediately countered by introducing the federally-financed 1999 Institute of Medicine report, which described such evidence, into the record. Sessions then fell back to saying only that there are more effective medications. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) made the point of allowing states more latitude to set policies (such as permitting medical marijuana) on the issue. Durbin then went on to actually vote against the nomination.

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