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The DEA Sucks At Math

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has a very strict anti-drug policy for its hirees. But the agency apparently has no requirement that its employees grasp basic mathematics skills.

See if you can spot the error in this DEA filing scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday:

DEA federal register math error

Yep: 33 minutes is not the equivalent of .33 hours.

The new filing concerns a drug enforcement questionnaire that DEA wants to send to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies across the country. The National Drug Threat Survey is used as the basis of a report the Justice Department puts out each year to summarize market, use and trafficking trends for illicit substances.

But this year, due to the basic math error, DEA is significantly underestimating the amount of time it is asking police personnel across the U.S. to spend filling out its survey.

While DEA’s faulty back-of-the-envelope calculation puts the total at 4,218 hours, 33 minutes is actually the equivalent of .55 hours, putting the real amount of time it wants an estimated 12,782 law enforcers to spend filling out the survey at just over 7,030 hours.

That’s a significant margin of error, not that details matter much to the DEA, which earlier this month ruled that marijuana has no medical value and should stay in its restrictive Schedule I category.

But thankfully, the public now has 60 days to comment on the proposed survey plan. In particular, the new Federal Register document asks for input on “the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.”

Photo Courtesy of Allie Beckett.

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Tom Angell covers policy and politics for Marijuana.com. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens). Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (All organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)

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  1. States don’t need the D.E.A.or F.D.A. These groups with their secret courts and loyalty purges have become a haven and stronghold used to fund their Authoritarian police regime along with their greedy puppets placed in political office.You don’t need them, I don’t need them. Nobody needs the D.E.A. and F.D.A..Nor these and the other gangs of Federal and state drug enforcement thugs. we do not need them. Their foul nest needs to be cleaned out and the entire area fumigated. Marijuana and pain medication are just the tip of the iceberg of hundreds of examples of their incompetence and abuse of power. Instead of using these positions to aid and protect the world citizen, they are using them as a base and stronghold to fund and build their Authoritarian regime.The way to control the drug problem is to get the D.E.A., The F.D.A. and the other law and order thugs out of the picture. It is they who have created and manufactured the problems.Other country’s that allow its citizens access to pain medications and marijuana have no serious drug problem. It is these law enforcement Authoritarians and their political puppets along with law enforcement thugs who are using drugs as an excuse to wage war on the American Citizen and especially as an excuse to strip away everyone’s Civil and Human liberty’s. These renegade law enforcement groups are striping and plundering, bilking the social grant funding resources like a pack of hounds through a garbage can..All;to fund their drug war against everyone except themselves. Hundreds of millions of dollars, billions nationwide. This plundering and pilfering from the grant system and robbery of Americans must stop.
    States don’t need the D.E.A.or F.D.A. These groups with their secret courts and loyalty purges have become a haven and stronghold used to fund their Authoritarian police regime and their greedy puppets placed in political office.You don’t need them, I don’t need them. Nobody needs the D.E.A. and F.D.A..Nor these and the other gangs of Federal and state drug enforcement thugs. wE DON’T NEED THEM. Their foul nest needs to be cleaned out and the entire area fumigated. Marijuana and pain medication are just the tip of the iceberg of hundreds of examples of their incompetence and abuse of power. Instead of using these positions to aid and protect the world citizen, they are using them as a base and stronghold to fund their Authoritarian regime.The way to control the drug problem is to get the D.E.A., The F.D.A. and the other law enforcement thugs out of the picture. It is they who have created and manufactured the problems.Other country’s that allow its citizens access to pain medications and marijuana have no serious drug problem. It is these law enforcement Authoritarians and their political puppets along with law enforcement thugs who are using drugs as an excuse to wage war on the American Citizen and especially as an excuse to strip away everyone’s Civil and Human liberty’s. These renegade law enforcement groups are striping and plundering, bilking the social grant funding resources like a pack of hounds in a garbage can..All;to fund their drug war against everyone except themselves. Hundreds of millions of dollars, billions nationwide. This plundering and pilfering from the grant system and robbery of Americans must stop

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  3. Dumb assess! Maybe if they smoked a bowl they could’ve paused and recognized the error in their math. Jesus, send the mathematician back to 8th grade where he/she belongs.

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