Congressmen Question Head of DEA on Dangers of Marijuana

 by lucy

During a Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Democratic congressmen Jared Polis and Steve Cohen had the opportunity to question Michele Leonhart, the head of the DEA.

Both Polis and Cohen are in favor of medical marijuana legalization.  Their questions were about the dangers of marijuana in comparison to the other drugs it is grouped with as a Schedule I drug, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Leonhart blatantly dodged every question, which led the Representatives to become frustrated and fiery in their interaction.

Below is a transcript of the conversations between Cohen, Polis, and Leonhart.

Polis: Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?

Leonhart: I believe all illegal drugs are bad.

Polis: Is methamphetamine worse for somebody’s health than marijuana?

Leonhart: I don’t think any illegal drug is good.

Polis: (Slightly cutting off Leonhart) Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?

Leonhart: Again, all drugs…

Polis: (Cutting off Leonhart) It’s either ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘I don’t know.’  If you don’t know you can look this up.  You should know as the Chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?

During Rep. Cohen’s line of questioning, he received the same string of non-answers.

Cohen: Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?”

Leonhart: As a former police officer, as a 32-year DEA agent, I can tell you that I think marijuana is an insidious drug.

Cohen: That’s not the question I asked you ma’am.  Does [marijuana] cause less damage to the American society and to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?  Does it make people have to kill to get their fix?

Leonhart: I can tell you that more teens enter treatment for…

Cohen: (Cutting off Leonhart) Can you answer my question?

Each congressman utilized their allotted time to ask questions, but Leonhart did not provide them with any legitimate answers during that amount of time.  Leonhart’s vague responses to simple and legitimate questions about the dangers of marijuana show her lack of a valid argument for the illegality of marijuana, or why it should be classified as a Schedule I drug.



14 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 2

    spellcheck said on Jun 22, 2012

    this lady needs to be taken care of

  2. 13

    BA said on Jun 22, 2012

    More teens enter "rehab" for cannabis because they are given the choice of rehab and a fine or jail time for simple possession. This lady is either a complete moron or a product of the "system"

  3. 3

    TheUndead said on Jun 22, 2012

    Should be mandatory that people in congress, dea, police, government or what ever should know the facts about all the drugs out there.

  4. 2

    spellcheck said on Jun 22, 2012

    they do know "the facts"
    problem is those "facts" are not true.
    if you are told you are free…

  5. 3

    Max_Freedom said on Jun 22, 2012

    She absolutely contradicted the Feds stance on Medical Marijuana. She claimed it is between a person and their doctor. The Feds do not take doctors, patients, science, or facts into consideration. The Feds believe they have complete, unquestionable authority to dictate a patient's treatment.
    Also, this woman appears to be a brain dead moron.

  6. 5

    tgameduser said on Jun 23, 2012

    She's a fucking robot.

  7. 0

    DerpPurp420 said on Jun 24, 2012

    WOW! can't even answer the easy ones why is SHE the head of anything?!?

  8. 1

    Dr_Kush said on Jun 24, 2012

    just another dumb bitch

  9. 0

    Elvers said on Jun 25, 2012

    she.s not even got Dr. in front of her name and works for dea.!!!! how can that be?? she look's like a zombie!!! look at her eyes!!!!

  10. 1

    Coyote said on Jun 25, 2012

    Thank God somebody is stepping up to the plate. The ideals of cannabis being illegal is getting really childish

  11. 0

    Trey_UK said on Jun 25, 2012

    A disgrace to human intelligence and the advancement of our kind. I'm ashamed to be an American citizen and say that this BITCH is in a position of power in our Department of Justice; but then again that's how I feel about 95% of the characters in our government. Dishonor to our Founding Fathers!! They are all rolling in their graves!

  12. 0

    SBStoner said on Jun 27, 2012

    "i can tell you more teens enter treatment for…"
    why the fuck is it that millions of kids are in treatment for marijuana?
    when in reality there is no such thing as "treatment" from marijuana. there is nothing to treat. the herb is good for you!

  13. 0

    Rhadee said on Jun 27, 2012

    I hope somebody locks one of this idiots very close relatives up for possessing weed. Watch her tune change…DRASTICALLY! What really pisses me of though is the fact that my taxes pay this moron's salary!

  14. 0

    Wackiwo said on Jul 15, 2012

    This is disgusting.

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