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DEA's Top Agent Clueless about ANY Marijuana Facts!

I just found this absolutely comical!

The Drug Enforcement Agency's Chief Administrator Michele Leonhart, gets grilled on her LACK of knowledge on Marijuana.

1st New A**hole torn by Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis:

(I noticed the YT link was already posted in a thread so I play nice)


2nd New A**hole torn by Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen:


With that intellect, I wouldn't trust Ms. Leonhart to make me an iced water. THIS is why the war on drugs makes no sense—because it's being run by certified morons.

$2Billion a YEAR!!!??? For what?? 80% goes towards enforcement of a plant that has ZERO related fatalities EVER!!??

Need to calm the nerves. Where's my lighter?

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Honest discussion needed

I agree he was grandstanding, it seems to be the popular thing to do in congress, but her responses were terrible regardless of her job or agencies mandate. If an open, honest, and frank discussion can't be had - why have a hearing at all? These bureaucracy vs. bureaucracy confrontations are altogether ridiculous, I feel.

I think a line of questioning along one or more of the following themes would have been great to see her squirm though;
-is your agency ineffective at it's stated goal (trafficking not reduced)
-has your agency caused more crime than it's prevented (see alcohol prohibition)
-is drug addiction a medical problem or criminal one (see alcoholism, nicotine addition treatments)
-what is the true cost of your department (number of people incarcerated * cost to incarcerate)
-who does the DEA contract with & who advises policy of the DEA? (or other conflicts of interest)

Ideologically she is different...

Steve's interrogation proves nothing though. He was grandstanding.

I don't agree with her, but I understand her position. She has a job to do, a mandate/charter/whatever she must follow for her job. She clearly believes that all drugs are a problem and takes the position (as many do) that if the government has deemed a drug illegal it must be stopped.

His questions were divisive and frankly don't illuminate much other than we spend way to much on this agency.

His time would have been better spent if his questions actually lead to something profound or uncovered some incriminating evidence, rather than asking questions to open a door for his personal opinion.

That being said? I'd like to see more grilling of these "professionals". Someone needs to shake up the system up. Hopefully someone as committed (but preferably more clever) as/than Steve does.

Precisely you said a charter ...

Are any of the people who live in that Conressmans distrcit employees of that charters holder or the corporation ?? It's kind of like the State of Texas ( a Federal corporate entity within Texas)
mandating I have a drivers license as this is mandated by that particular charter...WELL I don't work for the State of Texas, therefore why am I required to follow company policy and have a drivers license...I never signed an agreement or a contract either ?
It's all about what you apply your signature to folks, the signature is all that matters.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

I wish the marijuana movement wasn't so exlusionary

I am quite confident that medicinal (and possibly recreational) cannabis will be legalized throughout most of the United States in the next 10 years (assuming Romney doesn't become president). What worries me is that it will come at the expense of even more draconian laws for other drugs. The hysteria over the "bath salts" and the race to pass as many terrible and illogical prohibition laws is a reflection of a much greater problem than is being addressed by the 'legalize it' movement.

In my opinion, legalizing cannabis is one of the most common sense issues in our society, but so is legalizing all drugs. Very few people are willing to step up and defend the relatively unpopular drugs. During this questioning heroin was unfairly demonized. Demonizing one psychotropic as a model of prohibition is a terrible way to end prohibition of another. Drugs should not be compared and contrasted on an arbitrary ordinal scale.


and bumping to bury a one-time counter-bump i gave to the "rand loves gmo" thread.

i'm so sick and tired of

i'm so sick and tired of these b's representing the DEA ... UGH!

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

The fact that a government

The fact that a government that has been at war for 10 years over total lies doesn't let you grow a plant that has so many benefits and expands your mind kind of says something.


Romney will do something about abolishing the DEA---NOT!!!! RP2012 We've Got To Get Rid Of These Criminals

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012