Mar 062013
 March 6, 2013

Obama dea heads marijuana legalization drug policy allianceSeeking to Thwart Will of Voters,  DEA Pushes For Continuation of Disastrous Drug War Policies

On Eve of AG Holder’s Appearance Before Senate Judiciary Committee, Advocates Hopeful Obama Administration Will Continue to Allow Orderly Implementation of New Laws

For the second time in six months, former DEA heads have collaborated to urge Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose state-level efforts to tax and regulate marijuana. Yesterday, they sent a letter to Holder calling on him to block implementation of new laws in Colorado and Washington. Holder will appear tomorrow before a U.S. Senate judiciary committee hearing.

The ex-DEA directors sent a similar letter to Holder back in September, urging him to speak out against the marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, as he had done before the California legalization initiative in October 2010.  The White House and attorney general chose instead to remain silent, allowing citizens in those states to vote without the threat of federal obstruction.  Both initiatives won with approximately 55% of the vote, exceeding President Obama’s margin of victory in Colorado as well as the margins of victory by the candidates for governor and attorney general in Washington State.

“The former DEA chiefs’ statement can best be seen as a self-interested plea to validate the costly and failed policies they championed but that Americans are now rejecting at the ballot box,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “They obviously find it hard to admit that – at least with respect to marijuana – their legacy will be much the same as a previous generation of agents who once worked for the federal Bureau of Prohibition enforcing the nation’s alcohol prohibition laws.”

State officials, citizens and activists are hopeful that the Obama administration will do its best to allow the two states to implement the new laws responsibly.  In December, President Obama commented on the marijuana legalization votes in Colorado and Washington – framing the conflict between federal and state law as a question to be resolved and stating that people who use marijuana in states that have legalized it should not be a “top priority” for federal law enforcement. Obama said that the federal government has “bigger fish to fry.”

“President Obama and Attorney General Holder really need to allow Washington and Colorado officials to implement the new laws in ways that protect public safety and health while respecting the will of those states’ voters,” said Ethan Nadelmann.  “At this point, insisting on blind obeisance to strict interpretation of federal drug laws will only serve the interests of criminals who want to keep this industry underground and law enforcement officials who want to justify their legacy.”

Source: Drug Policy Alliance

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  • Jetdoc

    For people who are SUPPOSEDLY well educated… These guys are pretty F’n UNINFORMED on the subject that HAS BEEN their lives!

    • Johnny Bloomington

      There not uninformed. They just greedy pigs that make money off of rehab beds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Persephone-Ingram/100002385862877 Persephone Ingram

    Ethan Nadelmann really knows what he’s talking about, and very eloquently put too.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    All Presidents are owned by the cartels. Had we elected Romney it would have been better. He is not owned by the cartels. He does it for free.

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

  • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

    As soon as Holder issues his nullification statement against Colorado and Washington, a warning will be sent out to marijuana dispensaries and grow sites to vacate specific areas.

    The Obama administration will not assume any responsibility for loss of life if the order to vacate is not obeyed. Targeted drone strikes will be used to take out illegal narcotic maufacturing and distribution centers in order to avoid casualites to federal law enforcement.

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