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  • Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

    What is it about angry old white farts? What part of "we the people" is it that they don't get? I don't always agree with state decisions but if it's what the people want then... so be it. Here's to hoping other states act quickly and get on board with having marijuana in their states.

     

    Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

    Eight former Drug Enforcement Administrationchiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.

    The onetime DEA heads plan to issue joint statements Tuesday saying the Obama administration has reacted too slowly and should immediately sue to force the states to rescind the legislation.

    The Associated Press received an advance copy of the statement Monday.

    One of the former DEA administrators, Peter Bensinger, told the AP that the more time goes by, the harder it'll be to stop the two states. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

    Bensinger, who lives in the Chicago area, said the government must immediately sue the states or risk creating "a domino effect" in which other states follow suit.

    "My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing," said Bensinger. "If they don't act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months."

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a meeting of state attorneys general last week that he is still reviewing the laws but that his review is winding down. Asked Monday for a comment on the criticism from the former DEA administrators, Holder spokeswoman Allison Price would only say, "The Department of Justice is in the process of reviewing those initiatives."

    The department's review has been under way since shortly after last fall's elections. It could sue to block the states from issuing licenses to marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, on the grounds that doing so conflicts with federal drug law. Alternatively, Holder could decide not to mount a court challenge.

    The ex-DEA heads are issuing the statements though the Florida-based Save Our Society from Drugs, a national group lobbying against legalization. One of the group's spokesmen is based in Chicago.

    The former DEA administrators are Bensinger, John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall and Francis Mullen. They served for both Republican and Democratic administrations.

    Holder is scheduled to appear Wednesday before a U.S. Senate judiciary committee hearing. The former DEA chiefs want senators to question Holder on the legalization issue.

    Advocates of legalization have welcomed Colorado and Washington's new laws, arguing that criminalizing drugs creates serious though unintended social problems. The ex-DEA heads say they disagree with that view.

    After votes last fall, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana's recreational use


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    Bensinger's 'Professional Services Company'  "...provides a wide range of consultation, training and employee assistance program services promoting a Drug-Free Workplace and employee health and safety as well
    as intervention and treatment for compulsive gambling. BDA also provides comprehensive risk management surveillance programs for prescription drugs."

     

    Of course he's going to lobby for continuing the hemp prohibition.  It's his primary cash cow.

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    • Just Me
      Just Me commented
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      He should be sequestered.


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    Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

    Eight former Drug Enforcement Administrationchiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.

     


    I hope he's right about them losing the chance if they don't act now. Sometimes the best course of action is inaction. 

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    • moonlightin
      moonlightin commented
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      Jerry_Lev wrote:

      Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

      Eight former Drug Enforcement Administrationchiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.

       


      I hope he's right about them losing the chance if they don't act now. Sometimes the best course of action is inaction. 


      I agree. When I was reading the article I was hoping the states would hurry up and the feds would slow down.


  • #4
    Moon: If it's what the people want, and if it doesn't violate the rights of others.....then so be it.

    The last bit is kind of important.

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    • GTRMAN
      GTRMAN commented
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      Correct.


      mauser wrote:
      Moon: If it's what the people want, and if it doesn't violate the rights of others.....then so be it.

      The last bit is kind of important.




  • #5
    Not surprised at all. Being employed with the DEA means you're either required to hold a bias against pot, or that you will grow to have bias over time.

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