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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Chronicle's Douchebag of the Week: Michele Leonhart


Michele Leonhart is the current administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a lovely little organization that gets it's kicks from raiding and prosecuting peaceful potsmokers, growers and medical marijuana patients. And she didn't make it to the top for no reason.

Leonhart has been campaigning against medical marijuana for years and doesn't hold a very friendly view toward pot smokers.

When Leonhart first took up her post at the DEA she was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama whether or not she planned to fight against marijuana legalization.

“I have seen what marijuana use has done to young people, I have seen the abuse, I have seen what it’s done to families. It’s bad. If confirmed as administrator, we would continue to enforce the federal drug laws," she answered.

In fact Leonhart has decided to all-out ignore a 2009 Justice Department memo that says raids on legitimate medical marijuana dispensaries and patients should be the government's lowest priority and has continued to raid dispensaries in every medical marijuana state.

When asked about full, across-the-board legalization Leonhart said:

“These legalization efforts sound good to people. They say, ‘We could just end the problem of drugs if we could just make it legal.’ But any country that’s tried that, Alaska and other places have tried it, have failed. It does not work.”

Drugs have, in fact, never been legalized in Alaska and many countries that have decriminalized drugs have shown positive effects, most notably Portugal. The country was the first in Europe to completely remove penalties for personal drug use and studies have show a decline in teen drug use and HIV infection rates and the number of deaths due to hard drugs such as heroine have dropped by nearly half. 

Sounds like the program was a huge failure, right Ms. Leonhart?

Now the DEA is on the hot seat again after a group of marijuana legalization advocates got together and sued the federal government over the DEA's refusal to act on a petition to re-schedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning they would acknowledge that the drug does indeed have medical uses. 

The petition was filed with the DEA nine years ago and still no action has been taken. And this isn't the first time the DEA has ignored the issue. A similar petition filed in the early 1970s sat in the DEA's files for 22 years before being rejected. 

Ms. Leonhart, I assure that marijuana DOES have legitimate medical uses. It should be quite obvious for anyone who isn't blinded by pre-conceived notions. We all know marijuana has the power to dramatically help some very sick patients, yet you refuse to act, and that's why you're The Chronicle's Douchebag of the Week.
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12 comments:

  1. the attorney general of the us tells the cartels of south america to invest the drug money into our economy.but they are the master of diversion.get an uproar here with medical marijuana while the dea is funded by what there suppose to be fighting against real drugs not something that helps people with illnesses

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  2. It makes me so mad that our gov't representatives can lie to us (and we accept it) and expect us to believe them time and time again.

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  3. Why does the Govt HAVE TO BE IN MY PERSONAL BUSINESS!!! Go away and pound sand somewhere else.

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    1. It's all about the elite being in power and control of the people... the workers. I know, it sounds Orwellian, but it's true.

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  4. I for one am sick of all the corruption and lies being fed to us on a daily basis. time for the Tree Of Liberty to be refreshed with the blood off the tyrants now as the patriots have been bled enough and for far too long. Let's do a flash mob ALL OVER AMERICA EVERYWHERE, even the smallest of towns. Arm ourselves and go into the Court Houses, Revenue Departments, Jails, Police stations, Municipal courts, EVERY governmental institution and chain ourselves where the most people would not only see us but be directly impeded by us. then show we are armes. We would outnumber the ones sent to put us down this protest by 10 to 1. We have this right. It is part of the US constitution. As is medical marijuana guaranteed by the CO constitution. Time to put the government back in the hands of the people who do most of this countries work. Put accountability back in government and take away all the money they get.

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    1. You're right... so let us unite and vote for Ron Paul as our next President of the USA.

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  5. I do not understand the resistance( by government) to let medical cannabis users alone.After being on pain killers for over10 years I started using cannabis for the pain.Unbelievable!! I have very little pain and no drowsy aftereffect. I don't sleep half the day anymore.

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    1. I suspect that they will don't want to legalize it because they would have to admit that they've been lying to us about its medicinal benefits.

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  6. A User is NOT an ABUSER! You Idiotic glob of a woman, I am sure you have not ever tried marijuana, so you have no right to bitchbitchbitch. Have you ever heard of "Dont knock it 'till you try it?".

    ONE LOVE<3

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