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DEA Head Tells Congress They are ‘Fighting Back’ Against Tolerance Of Marijuana Legalization


dea emails marijuanaWASHINGTON, D.C. — Michele Leonhart, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), repeatedly criticized the Obama administration at a hearing Wednesday on the DEA’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In a memo released in July 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would not interfere with the effective implementation of laws regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adults in Colorado and Washington. When asked by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) during a Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing whether the Obama administration’s tolerant views toward legal marijuana had affected morale at the DEA, which is a branch of the DOJ, Leonhart replied that “our agents are fighting back against those messages. It makes us fight harder.” She had earlier criticized the DOJ for a perceived delay in issuing a response to Washington and Colorado’s new laws, claiming there was “a lot of confusion in those 296 days.”

Leonhart also claimed that public opinion in Colorado is turning against the initiative making marijuana legal, yet two recent polls suggest Colorado residents are more supportive of the law than ever before. A Public Policy Polling survey from March showed that 57% of Colorado voters think marijuana should be legal, and a Quinnipiac poll from February showed 58% support for the state’s legalization law. It was supported by 54.8% of voters in 2012. Finally, Leonhart claimed legalization would be dangerous to pets in Colorado and warned of a surge in veterinary clinic visits due to dogs consuming marijuana.

While Leonhart was testifying to the committee, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing 75% of Americans believe the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be made legal nationwide, and more than 60% believe alcohol is more harmful to individual health and to society than marijuana. The poll can be viewed online at http://www.people-press.org/2014/04/02/americas-new-drug-policy-landscape/

The Marijuana Policy Project has launched a Change.org petition calling on the president to fire Leonhart and replace her with someone who will base decisions on science and evidence instead of politics and ideology. The petition currently has more than 29,000 signatures and is available at https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-fire-anti-marijuana-dea-administrator-michele-leonhart.

Statement from Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project:

Administrator Leonhart’s comments were shocking. The DEA is not simply ignoring the administration’s policies with respect to regulating marijuana, but actively undermining them. Publicly criticizing and questioning the competence of your supervisor would get anyone fired in the private sector. It’s frankly astounding to me that Ms. Leonhart is still employed and American taxpayers continue to foot her $165,000 salary to publicly campaign against the president’s policies.

As more Americans recognize that marijuana is safer than alcohol, more think we need to start treating it that way. Michele Leonhart is standing in the way, and it is time for her to go.

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  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    The DEA (included Leonhart) & The Cartel (include investors of Prisons, Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Screen Devices, Lumber, Paper, Pharmaceutical Medicines & all others That don’t come to mind) are fighting to keep that Billion Dollar Budget.

    Alcohol Enables People to do things that they Otherwise would NOT do like use Harder Drugs. Alcohol is THE ” Gateway Drug ” & The Original “Date Rape Drug”.

    Marijuana was Made illegal to Enable Racists To Murder Minorities in Prison Then & Now. also to make 2 Crooked Families Super Rich Then & Now. The Creators of Prohibition are Solely Responsible for the Destruction of Man & Earth.

    The Human Body is made up of Natural Cannabinoid Receptors the respond directly to Marijuana. All of Human Mothers Breast Milk is made up of Natural Cannabinoids. Ingesting Raw Unheated High THC Marijuana Daily Creates NO psycho-active Effects but it Prevents / Reverses Cancer Cell Growth & is an Essential Part of the Human Diet Especially in Young Developing Minds.

    For the Money lost from investors Bent on keeping Marijuana illegal They will settle for nothing Less then a Physical Killing War within America.

  • 509 weed guy

    Just had to say, you called it. lol. 22 days ahead of time.

  • Mar’ Barn

    Cut the DEA budget anyway so their job isn’t to fight against marijuana legalization, but to enforce the hard drugs law other than marijuana that has no jurisdiction in DEA!

  • Dman

    Of course they are going to be critical. It means DEA jobs are on the line unless pot legalization is overturned. Just look up the biggest lobbies against pot – it’s police, lawyers and jail systems.

  • Just Wondering

    you cant fix stupid… just another ignorant piece of white trash…

  • Aussie

    Is there a reason your brother and his mates are too scared to do something about their view or are they happy blindly following stupid orders???

  • Locomark

    I am sorry but I don’t care to waste my time on her removal. She was vetted by Obama to do exactly what she is doing. I chose to focus on vetting the replacement for Obamau. In 2016 when the next fool comes harking some shit about change asking for my vote. I want and expect to know exactly where he or she stands on legalization. If that information is not clear then who is running the DEA her or someone else will be just another fool doing the same shit.

  • Tom

    They can’t give a reason why their against it. Its provided the DEA with free money, cars, houses, etc over the years and I’m sure their not so squeaky clean themselves. Pocketing a huge wad on a drug bust, using money from the drug busts to get new stuff for the department. Its funny when they have a news conference and say something like, “We got all this bad stuff off the street.” But they KEEP IT. They may burn the dope here and there, but the cash? Cars? Etc? HELL NO! I can guarantee, that is the real reason why. Just think. The only people that are against it are people that have something to lose.

  • Abnaxus

    It’s sickening how an important resource like this (hemp/cannabis) became banned in the first place. More nauseating is how many still don’t know why. People are slowly waking up in America. But we need more people to hurry up and realize their power. The internet connects us all, and that is a power in itself. We need to fire the liars. We need to outlaw bribery/lobbying. We need to film them. We need to whistle blow and expose them. We need people on the inside to find their backbones and do that.

    We’re fighting against sugar and chemical laden minds here! Every time I see those couch/Flatscreen combos furniture stores are peddling, I think “Keep them pacified, placated, apathetic….and we’ll keep skimming the citizens”. Seriously, I wish Brian Williams and others would just go Rogue on live tv and show the truth. Most of the networks report the exact same stories, with the same trigger words, even having the stories run on parallel networks at the same time, commercials at the same time. It doesn’t matter which side they’re biased towards. With all that is going on in every part of the country/world, more need to ask why they choose the same, narrow list of stories to show us. More need to ask why it’s so easy to be led to think these few stories are all that matters.

    People became so freaked out on 9/11 that they stopped paying attention to their loss of rights. If there were no potential for an authority to abuse their power or oppress certain people, the laws they write would be useful. But the intentions of many in government are apparently greed based, control-freak based. Notice how they ran the tickers constantly after 9/11. It became permanent. They want you to listen to them, on the edge of your seat. Notice how a water main break or a city council conflict is “breaking news”, complete with the color red and alarming sound effects. Breaking news used to be about real emergencies or death. Fearmongering is something news, tons of religions, and governments use to keep brains in a mental vise. We can DO this! Now would be a good time to push hard. We have the tools now. Peace

  • Acebass1

    Her agency is fighting back? Lets wrap our brains around this one. The agency that is sworn to abide by the laws enacted by congress is frighting back against the people who are making those laws?
    We are flirting with anarchy!

  • Chappy

    Learn to spell or use spellcheck, You come off as a complete moron with all of your typos. I guess having a clubfoot is the least of your problems

  • wowFAD

    Thanks! I don’t get a pat on the back, often. Sorry to hear about your health, though. For a lot of people, that so-called “high” everyone is so morally up-in-arms about is what some folks call the total absence of their worst symptoms.

    People who don’t understand that are lucky enough to have not yet needed to see a doctor for anything more serious than the flu. Their perception of drug use has been colored by semantic white-washing over the last 40 years. It’s inexcusable that your health is worse off because of the world’s lengthiest propaganda campaign.

    Things are looking up, though. The polling trends in the last few years have been absolutely amazing.

  • blah blahblah

    I think it’s about time that American citizens stand up and fight back for what we want based on the truth and factual evidence presented to us. If they won’t listen to words maybe it’s about time the American people start standing up for themselves and counter with more “convincing” methods. Or just ignore the federal law like we have for the past 50 or so years.

  • 2buds4me

    It’s just a job – right? Sorry, but even Nazi prison camp guards, camp cooks, camp foot soldiers were found guilty of assisting in inhumane treatment of innocent people. They have a choice every morning – go back to work with a bad conscience about what they do, or find another job. Overall, yes, LE does an admirable job – but the bad apples aare here too.

  • 2buds4me

    There will be plenty of work when they refocus on the poor, the old and those in pain who are taking pain meds. Meds they approved of and increased the supply of by 10 fold in the last 10 years.

  • clubfoot58

    It would be better too maufacture our own peetrolem products with out disiases in them from the start with live plants and animal oils. and make the gov. pay for all health care they so mantage too screw us up on for all the hardship that they put our amercan people though the last 75 years!!!!! over Marijuanna,ect

  • clubfoot58

    look at it this way petrolem has over millions of this plants in it ,plus human remains .and marijuanna is one of the many plants in petrolum from millions of years accumulation along with poppy, cocaine plant.as the fuel, and products all over the world along with thew disiases that killed the plant and animal live many years ago. for the living people too drill it up and past back into the air and ground waters of today problem. every car ect. makeups-pharicy uses the comanations of pertrolems with is under this scule 1 drug laws can be arrested on all levels.and all is pariphnella. were running out of the gas fuels that keep us warm and cars running they will have too start growing the plants again that can keep up with demand some what too make more pertrolem . I say that marijuanna seed oil would be more safer that pertrolem oil woulden you.?

  • Joseph Schutz

    They are fighting for their jobs. It is hard to be objective in that case.Once they realize they cannot stop legalization they will need to look for new work.

  • Bryan Araki

    Agreed bro. I work in private security or contract security and have many family and friends in LE my older bro is a DEA field agent. And all agree this law will fall the money is gone. And any can search and find out this plant is a 1000+ times safer than Alcohol and Tobacco. Not a single person has died from direct use of this plant not a one. But thousands due to it being illegal. But booze and cigs etc kills near a million at its peak or at lest 500k minimum each year in the US alone. The cost of all the incidents involving these 2 evils costs us billions in health care, accidents, legal stuff and prisons etc etc etc. We’ve be lied to and poured money down the drain for decades and thankfully the money is running out and more importantly people are waking up and are now finding out the real facts hence why public opinion has swayed so much and so fast to legalize this very useful (medical wise) plant. My sister n law and 5+ family are MD’s as well.

    Its only a matter of time this will be a common as a pack of cigs. Tho I’m only interested in its medical aspects. Experts are finding new uses for this plant nearly everyday. All politics man the Pharma, booze and cig company’s are the enemy but its a war they’ll lose just like the guns. Fight for your rights everyone. We can beat them.

  • Bryan Araki

    Total politics search the history of this law its a joke. Its no secret that the Pharmaceutical, booze and Tobacco companies would lose countless billions and their in bed with the Govt. But keep up the fight people we are winning and they know it. Its inevitable. This plant is just about as harmless with responsible use of course is safe as drinking water. I need it as I have chronic benign tumors on my kidneys and they cause incredible amounts of pain. I have Rx’s of course but I hate opiates and never take em unless I have to. Like I stated my brother works for the DEA he and the majority of his colleagues think its a useless and wasteful law. Those funds could go to battling real crime and real drugs. So that whole Schedule thing is BS. Did you know the war on Marijuana alone cost us more that both gulf wars combined. Man the amount of money wasted its insane.

  • Bryan Araki

    ha Good luck with that. The world and the US knows the Truth and is
    waking and smelling the BS. Sorry Govt but the box is open its un
    stoppable grass in the whole country will be legal in 10yrs at the most
    this comes from most experts. The facts, lies and money wasted are the
    main driving forces. Btw Don’t diss on our Fed Leo’s most are not like
    their bosses. My older brother is a DEA field agent/helicopter pilot and
    even he has always said it was dumb and useless law money and resources
    could be used to combat real drugs like Meth and crack, grass is a 1000
    times less harmless than booze or tobacco its fact . And come on folks
    the vast majority of both civlian and federal Leo’s are good people and
    they put their lives on the line for us each and everyday 24/7 I also
    have other family and friends in LE I myself work in corporate security
    (private contractors). Don’t let the small amount of bad apples give the
    whole tree a bad look.