Former DEA Heads Encourage Obama to Put an End to Legal Marijuana

 by lucy

Eight former DEA chiefs have issued a joint statement encouraging the Obama administration to nullify Colorado’s Amendment 64 and Washington’s I-502, both of which legalize the use, purchase, and possession of marijuana by individuals age 21 and older.

The former chiefs involved include Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, John Bartels, Francis  Mullen, Asa Hutchinson, Peter Besinger, John Lawn, and Donnie Marshall.  They issued the statement through Save Our Society From Drugs, a national group that is lobbying against marijuana legalization.

The statement suggested that the Obama administration has waited too long to take action on the legalized marijuana programs.  The former DEA heads believe the appropriate action is to immediately sue the states to force them to stop the legalization programs from being implemented.

While these two states have opted to legalize marijuana, some of the former DEA chiefs believe that marijuana’s illegal status under federal law is non-negotiable.  Peter Besinger explained, “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.  It’s a no-brainer.  It is outrageous that a lawsuit hasn’t been filed in federal court yet.”

The DEA has been reviewing both legal marijuana programs since they were passed, and US Attorney General Eric Holder recently told Washington and Colorado that an answer on the matter would be coming “soon.”

Holder is scheduled to appear before a US Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday.  The former DEA chiefs are pushing senators to question Holder on marijuana legalization.



18 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    dallas said on Mar 5, 2013

    LOL… the PEOPLE voted for it overwhelmingly.

    This is sad and this is a travesty.

    Oh… WAIT… its LOBBYING!!!! As most of these ex DEA chiefs now work for big Pharm/Tobacco/Alcohol etc.

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    dallas said on Mar 5, 2013

    The ex-DEA heads are issuing the statements though the Florida-based Save Our Society from Drugs, a national group lobbying against legalization.

    In other words, EACH of the ex DEA heads are on the pay roll of a lobbyist group.

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    Envious said on Mar 5, 2013

    way to crap all over the people's will… crazy people that care about what? keeping drugs illegal, thus creating a black market… no one wins. this may get interesting before its all said and done…

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    jibbler said on Mar 5, 2013

    Love the White House picture above. Black clouds hovering. smh.

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    odx420 said on Mar 5, 2013

    So Save our Society from Drugs is funded by Mel Sembler. Mel Sembler is the cofounder of Straight Inc. In 1976, Sembler and his wife founded Straight, Inc., an adolescent drug treatment program which has treated more than 12,000 addicts. The group now operates as the Drug Free America Foundation.

    In May 1983, Straight, Inc was convicted of false imprisonment after being sued by then 20-year-old Fred Collins Jr, who alleged he had been held captive by the program against his will. The program was ordered to pay $40,000 in compensatory and $180,000 in punitive damages.

    In 1990, a jury awarded Karen Norton $721,000 in damages due to mistreatment by Straight. In 1982, while a patient in Straight's Florida facility, Norton alleged that staff members assaulted her, and denied her health care.

    It has been suggested that licensing for Straight's Florida-based programs had been renewed under pressure from Sembler on state senators.

    In 2003, the International Survivors Action Committee filed a complaint with the United Nations against Melvin Sembler in connection with his work with Straight, claiming "crimes against humanity". The complaint was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds as the United States had not agreed to the United Nations jurisdiction on such matters under article 22 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

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    eternal.luv said on Mar 5, 2013

    If the door is shut in our face, it will work in our favor by igniting an even larger fire inside of us.

    Shit working like it should would be nice as well.

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    spkavyo said on Mar 5, 2013

    These former DEA assholes know that funding for the DEA is dependent on big marijuana busts to draw attention from the media. It is so much easier to bust pot than it is cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. You have a lot of independent farmers growing in the U.S., and cartel shipments from Mexico are usually really large. If marijuana was reclassified as Schedule 3, instead of Schedule 1, the feds would be out of the marijuana business, and as such wouldn't be making big busts of lots of plants and lights, etc. to flash on the evening news. Let's face it, it is easier to bust a pound of marijuana than it is to bust a pound of hard drugs. The pot is bigger, smells more distinctly and is harder to hide, especially if you don't want to compress it.
    It is time to defund the DEA, and make their budget money available for treatment that works, counseling for people with mental problems, and medical care for folks with physical disabilities. Leave the states alone, let the experiment continue, and maybe we can have some sane marijuana policy for a change.

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    dayzaway99 said on Mar 5, 2013

    yeah i read this shit in the morning on the news. Too bad all the people living in those states want it and its just a small group of over paid assholes trying to fuck up a good thing for everyone. Nigga wont be alive for long

  9. 1

    Capecod710 said on Mar 5, 2013

    I hope this dude gets shot!

  10. 2

    Heaven10 said on Mar 5, 2013

    if anything the DEA should be nullified by congress, U.S. doesn't need the DEA never did

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    Kushsurfin said on Mar 6, 2013

    Stupid idiots in Washington. Greedy bastards. We're in the wrong industry fellas!

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    eddie273273 said on Mar 6, 2013

    Eight complete and utter failures at what they were supposed to do giving advice to Obama on the drug war .
    Obama ,Holder ,the DEA and these eight losers should familiarize themselves with The Constitution of The United States of America . It begins "We the People" not we the DEA .
    The "war on drugs" is morally wrong and unconstitutional .

  13. 1

    Elvers said on Mar 6, 2013

    get rid of these butt heads

  14. 1

    IJ1337 said on Mar 6, 2013

    WOW! That is a load of bull!!!

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    204wilderman said on Mar 6, 2013

    "Eight former DEA chiefs have issued a joint statement…" Hahaha "former" as in "no longer" a chief… Fucking retired fucks, u are no longer relevant in government issues. You get your say at the election ballot like the rest of us. Obviously they were all failures at their job since there is still cannabis in USA

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    Nastyness said on Mar 18, 2013

    Cite the "Elastic Clause" in a nice memo called the Constitution, the DEA, and White House should familiarize themselves.

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    OrangeKush9 said on Mar 28, 2013

    if the government sues it will most likely get to the supreme court with time

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