The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science

Ooooh that has to hurt.

From the executive summary:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is
charged with enforcing federal drug laws. Under the
Controlled Substances Act of 1970, its powers include
the authority to schedule drugs (alongside other federal
agencies) and to license facilities for the production and
use of scheduled drugs in federally-approved research.
Those powers are circumscribed by a statute that
requires the agency to make its determinations based on
scientific data.

The case studies compiled in this report illustrate a
decades-long pattern of behavior that demonstrates the
agency’s inability to exercise its responsibilities in a fair
and impartial manner or to act in accord with the
scientific evidence – often as determined by its
Administrative Law Judges.

These case studies reveal a number of DEA practices
that work to maintain the existing, scientifically
unsupported drug scheduling system and to obstruct
research that might alter current drug schedules.