The DEA is becoming more anachronistic every day, and yet it has tremendous power and has historically been almost completely unaccountable.
They’re fighting hard now, though, to maintain their position. They know that without marijuana as part of their scope, they couldn’t get close to the same amount of budget they have now.
Wolf then asked Leonhart whether DEA agents have been feeling demoralized as a result of the legalization.
“Actually, it makes us fight harder,” Leonhart replied.
Leonhart also implied that voters in Washington and Colorado had been misled about the benefits of legalizing marijuana. […]
Leonhart claimed that Mexican drug cartels are “setting up shop” in Washington and Colorado in anticipation of a black market. “Whatever the price will be set in Washington and Colorado, criminal organizations are ready to come in and sell cheaper,” Leonhart said. She claimed that many marijuana shops get their supplies from growing operations controlled by cartels.
The DEA administrator also referred to efforts in the Netherlands to prevent foreign tourists from obtaining marijuana, saying that it showed the country was having second thoughts about its marijuana policies. That change, she said, should have served as a warning to the United States.
“We should’ve learned from that and never gone forward with what we’ve seen in this country,” Leonhart said.
It’s really pathetic.
Oh, yeah, and she tried to get animal lovers on her side…
“There was just an article last week, and it was on pets. It was about the unanticipated or unexpected consequences of this, and how veterinarians now are seeing dogs come in, their pets come in, and being treated because they’ve been exposed to marijuana,” Leonhart said. […]
Leonhart was referencing a story in USA Today which noted that the effects of marijuana could make it more difficult for a dog to breathe or vomit up a product that could kill them, like butter. The USA Today article noted, however, that on its own “marijuana itself isn’t particularly harmful to dogs,” and that dogs typically won’t eat marijuana by itself.
This is the quality of testimony from the head of the DEA to Congress.
I just finished giving a budget presentation in my organization to upper administration. I would never even think of presenting material so ridiculously weak and self-serving in one of my presentations. I’d probably be fired if I did.