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house Bill H.R. 1002

Should the DEA Be Able to Debar Entities from Registering to Manufacture, Distribute, or Dispense Controlled Substances?

Argument in favor

Currently, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registrants who have had their registrations revoked can reapply immediately for new licenses. Although these new licenses are usually rejected, they are sometimes approved. This allows entities that shouldn’t be allowed to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances to continue operating. Giving the DEA the power to debar entities would solve this problem.

Freethinker's Opinion
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04/14/2021
Agree, the amount of regulation now with controlled substances is pretty vast. Surprisingly there’s still greedy individuals who will reapply for licenses to continue their fraudulent practices so if they are debarred permanently and DEA is allowed to do this it will further protect Americans.
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Kathleen's Opinion
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04/16/2021
Big pharma needs to be controlled. They've thrown caution to the wind all to make money and allow dangerous drugs to be on the market. Too many drugs are being taken and before you know it a person ends up on 5 or more drugs only to combat the side effects of the first one...another to combat the side effects of the second one..so on and so forth. It's only about raking in the money and not actually helping the people. So I say yes.
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Bruce's Opinion
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04/14/2021
Yes. Big Pharma must start following the law. And we need to take away some of the special perks given them over last couple decades.
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Argument opposed

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) already rejects the vast majority of entities seeking new licenses after having their existing ones revoked. Given this, it’s unnecessary to give the agency debarment authority.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/14/2021
When I read this bill, I can’t tell what it is trying to accomplish. If the text of the bill is so opaque that a educated person can’t parse out its purpose, process, or goal, you need to rewrite it. If this is a back door attempt at MJ, then, well, the people voted for it so go F yourself.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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04/14/2021
Republicans need to learn to follow before given another opportunity to lead. Once the minority party shows support for the current President’s agenda, then maybe some of the Republicans’ ideas can be vetted. But as long as Republicans continue their quest to keep the majority of this country paying the elitist share of the bill, Republicans have no standing in making recommendations.
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Melissa's Opinion
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04/16/2021
Ladies and gents, Medical Marijuana is a Controlled substance. That is the whole point of this piece of legislation. This is an agency that REPEATEDLY, and ADMITTEDLY, has created laws and regulations solely for the purpose of keeping itself in business. I absolutely no circumstance should they have even a scrap more power than they do!
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    Agree, the amount of regulation now with controlled substances is pretty vast. Surprisingly there’s still greedy individuals who will reapply for licenses to continue their fraudulent practices so if they are debarred permanently and DEA is allowed to do this it will further protect Americans.
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    When I read this bill, I can’t tell what it is trying to accomplish. If the text of the bill is so opaque that a educated person can’t parse out its purpose, process, or goal, you need to rewrite it. If this is a back door attempt at MJ, then, well, the people voted for it so go F yourself.
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    Not sure what this legislation actually accomplishes. If an entity has been improperly manufacturing or distributing improperly and profiting by so doing, barring that organization would simply cause them to reorganize under a different name. If the improper distribution/manufacture was part of a larger enterprise the economic or criminal nature should be sufficient for them to correct their ways. This looks like a ‘trophy’ election cycle bill so some legislator can claim that they actually did something that sounds good. ... ... ... I agree with NoHedges that until the Republicans can stop simply obstructing the will of the majority of the people (and not just the minority as represented in social media by disinformation bots or cult members), why should Democrats support anything that they might propose? Respect and trust is two way street that is earned not just granted to anyone, especially those who are guided by institutionalized elitist arrogant ignorance.
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    It is unclear what this legislation (Debar Act of 2021) is meant to accomplish. There have been several attempts to propose legislation to address opioids or the gaps between state and federal marijuana regulations but this Act does not state it is aimed at this. More clarity is needed in this legislation as drug regulation is complex and other government organizations (DOJ, FDA, HHS, etc) are involved as well. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R45948.pdf https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/taking-control-controlled-substances-fighting-opioid-crisis-through-electronic-prescribing
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    The DEA already has the power to reject applications. How is this better for people?
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    Republicans need to learn to follow before given another opportunity to lead. Once the minority party shows support for the current President’s agenda, then maybe some of the Republicans’ ideas can be vetted. But as long as Republicans continue their quest to keep the majority of this country paying the elitist share of the bill, Republicans have no standing in making recommendations.
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    The proposed law seems poorly framed. It needs clarification. The situations it seems to address need further explanation. The Congressman's motivation for the proposed laws must be analyzed and made transparent.
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    Ladies and gents, Medical Marijuana is a Controlled substance. That is the whole point of this piece of legislation. This is an agency that REPEATEDLY, and ADMITTEDLY, has created laws and regulations solely for the purpose of keeping itself in business. I absolutely no circumstance should they have even a scrap more power than they do!
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    I think we need to re-examine the whole scope of the Federal Government's authority over controlled substances. We've allowed opioids to ravage our country for over a decade and have incarcerated whole communities over a fake 'war on drugs' which has stunted two generations of people of color. This might be a fine plan, but without a larger shift in policy to appropriately control, distribute, and monitor controlled substances, it seems like just a band-aid on a much bigger problem.
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    why would the D.E.A. even be involved? they have a clear bias.
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    Yes. Big Pharma must start following the law. And we need to take away some of the special perks given them over last couple decades.
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    Big pharma needs to be controlled. They've thrown caution to the wind all to make money and allow dangerous drugs to be on the market. Too many drugs are being taken and before you know it a person ends up on 5 or more drugs only to combat the side effects of the first one...another to combat the side effects of the second one..so on and so forth. It's only about raking in the money and not actually helping the people. So I say yes.
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    The DEA should be able to disbar a person or business for a period of months or years depending on the offense. After that time period has lapsed, the person or business disbarred should be allowed to reapply.
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    Not sure what this legislation actually accomplishes. If an entity has been improperly manufacturing or distributing improperly and profiting by so doing, barring that organization would simply cause them to reorganize under a different name. If the improper distribution/manufacture was part of a larger enterprise the economic or criminal nature should be sufficient for them to correct their ways. This looks like a ‘trophy’ election cycle bill so some legislator can claim that they actually did something that sounds by good. ... ... ... I agree with NoHedges that until the Republicans can stop simply obstructing the will of the majority of the people (and not just the minority as represented in social media by disinformation bots or cult members), why should Democrats support anything that they might propose? Respect and trust is two way street that is earned not just granted to anyone, especially those who are guided by institutionalized elitist arrogant ignorance.
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    I support this bill. If companies have been debarred for abuses and reapply the burden of proof is on them on whether they can be trusted to follow appropriate regulations. If this is a reapplication then great scrutiny should be given to protect the American people. If a company provides appropriate evidence to be reinstated perhaps a second chance is in order—however any inappropriate action that brings the company into question and if debarred again, then there should be no opportunity to reapply again. Also, depending on what the issue was that caused the company to get debarred the first time should be taken into consideration and may be such that the company should not even have a second chance in their reapplication. The safety and health of Americans should be first and foremost over profit to companies. I don’t begrudge anyone making a honest profit or income, but it shouldn’t be done by abusing the people they serve—which of course, negates the referenced honest.
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    The write-up of this bill is not actually clear as to what the issue is in preventing an individual or entity from registering again after found in CSA violation, i.e., is it a flaw in the registration process or is it with the DEA authority. In any case, I support the bill because an individual or entity found to be in violation should not be given another chance to repeat.
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    I don’t understand why the need to throw more stuff at the DEA. What they should be focused on is the Opioid issue. That’s where we need resources. Start at the southern border! Biden-Harris is allowing the drug cartel to do as they please and I have no doubt, lots of drugs are entering our country. Biden-Harris are most likely making money from these characters (in the name of humanity)! They should be jailed!
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    I’m going to vote no based on the very limited scope in summary. Does this only apply to opioid? Or does the set a precedent for preemptively striking out medical marijuana growers and distributors? I feel like this legislation would illegitimately expand the bureaucratic authority of the DEA to bar licenses without proper review and authority to do so. It sounds like legislation big pharma would lobby for to usurp the ability for smaller distributors to be banned from competition. I’d need to read this in full to have a comprehensive understanding of the scope of authority here and whether it would be an overreach of government or not.
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    Agency already has the ability to reject the applications (which it generally does)
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    Yes, we need to give teeth to these federal agencies so the can do their job of protecting the country.
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