MJ Advocates Cheer DEA Agent's Exit From State
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MJ Advocates Cheer DEA Agent's Exit From State
Posted by CN Staff on July 18, 2010 at 06:51:52 PT
By Felisa Cardona, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Marijuana-legalization advocates cheered the upcoming departure of federal agent Jeffrey D. Sweetin because, they said, they believe his views are not in line with the will of Colorado voters who legalized the drug for medicinal purposes.The outspoken special agent in charge of Denver's Drug Enforcement Administration understands that he became the "face" of anti-legalization in Colorado, but says his exit doesn't mean the fight over marijuana is over.
"The person who takes my place is going to have the same mission I have," Sweetin said.DEA agents are sworn to uphold the constitution, and marijuana remains illegal under federal law, he said. A Widely Publicized Clash Sweetin was promoted to run the DEA training center in Quantico, Va., and will provide international support in places such as Afghanistan. The new assignment begins in September.Sweetin was widely panned by medical-marijuana proponents during his eight-year tenure. The criticism heightened after Chris Bartkowicz, a Highlands Ranch resident who was growing medicinal-marijuana plants in his basement, was arrested after showing his operation in a television interview.The DEA maintains that Bartkowicz was arrested because he was selling more plants than he had patients and his grow operation was within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.Sweetin points out that the DEA is not raiding dispensaries that have boomed throughout the state. He believes marijuana proponents used the arrest as a way to build hysteria."It's a difficult societal issue that can't be broken down into soundbites," Sweetin said. "It's going to continue to be a challenge for Colorado." Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Felisa Cardona, The Denver PostPublished: July 18, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by potpal on July 20, 2010 at 05:00:56 PT
sworn to uphold the constitution...
A bit ironic, it being written on hemp paper and all.Plant a few seeds today somewhere. And have a great one!
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Comment #8 posted by rchandar on July 18, 2010 at 16:08:50 PT:
Is a fine city for MJ, and there are lots of people who came around in the past few months to see and enjoy it. It's a good place if that's what you like. And it's one of a few cities that has a classic rock station--where you can hear Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Edgar Winter, Jefferson Airplane--every day!
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Comment #7 posted by kaptinemo on July 18, 2010 at 14:20:29 PT:
Afghanistan, huh? 
Over at DEAWatch, the word was that an assignment to A-stan was tantamount to a death-sentence. It would certainly be a real pain; unlike their favorite prey, cannabists, most Afghans are armed and more than willing to shoot at 'authority figures' the DEA that are already over there have found out.So, sure, by all means Mr. Sweetin, head up the 'training' for the A-stan mission. And I most sincerely hope that you have an opportunity to lead by example by going over there, yourself. Then you'll understand what Kipling was writing about. 
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Comment #6 posted by rchandar on July 18, 2010 at 13:45:43 PT:
Sam Adams
I wouldn't worry too much. The most he could really do is pay Taliban terrorists not to grow plants.Apparently, the grow scene in Afghanistan is phenomenal. It's become "traditional," almost like a Muslim sacrament. They became number one in hash production, bypassing Morocco.Cutting down the drug economy in Afghanistan would mean that we--or they--could actually institute and grow a legal economy. It's too easy: if your country has been roughed up by 37 years of war and total illiteracy, we would actually have to care about Afghanistan. I don't think we're in any such position today--I doubt that US Soldiers in Vietnam could compete with the enemy's message, and have no reason to conclude that we're doing that much better now.But the lessons are the same. We go into an enemy country and try to win over the people. I don't think they would be that sympathetic even if we could explain how heroin ruins peoples lives. They have plenty of dope junkies; I don't know which is worse, addiction in our country or in theirs. But anyways, it's capitalism: to say that something remarkable is going to happen in Afghanistan that isn't going to happen in Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, South Korea,South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, India--if you were a CEO, you'd be crazy to invest the time and money in such a place. 
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on July 18, 2010 at 12:14:07 PT
DEA=Dirtbags Each and All.
"DEA agents are sworn to uphold the constitution, and marijuana remains illegal under federal law, he said."There is nothing in the constitution that supports his claim or his job! In fact any intelligent person without an agenda or high priced job to protect would definitely determine after reading the constitution and bill of rights, that this man does not know what he is talking about. Around here we call people like Agent Sweetin squirrel food because he is nuts!This knot-head is just too easy to take pot shots at. He is one of the high priced idiot boys which means he drank the kool-aid. 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on July 18, 2010 at 10:56:09 PT
sad statement about this guy that the US Govt. merely shifts him over to persecuting the poor brown people halfway around the world. His zeal was a little too much for the domestic problem! We've got plenty of other "fronts" where a militaristic zealot can earn $200,000 per year w/ health care & retirement benefits till death.
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Comment #3 posted by Paint with light on July 18, 2010 at 10:09:04 PT
Future for Sweetin
I do not advocate violence for even our most reprehensible opponents.Anyone that denies medical relief to the sick deserves an equally negative consequence.Maybe this DEA SOB will go to Afghanistan and meet an IED that will make him DOA.Legal like it should be.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 18, 2010 at 07:53:44 PT
Thank you. Good link!
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Comment #1 posted by Graehstone on July 18, 2010 at 07:31:26 PT
It's over all right ...
... I just found this too.
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