DEA Chief Calls Pot Legalization Wrong
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DEA Chief Calls Pot Legalization Wrong
Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2015 at 18:46:11 PT
By Todd C. Frankel
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- As head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Chuck Rosenberg doesn’t approve of marijuana. And so it was no surprise that at a press briefing Wednesday Rosenberg called pot legalization efforts “misguided and wrong and stupid.”But Rosenberg also struck a slightly more reasonable tone as he discussed the issue, revealing a potentially less absolutist stance toward marijuana than the DEA has offered in the past. He refrained from deploying some of the heated rhetoric used by others in the DEA, who have at times sounded alarmist about the issue, such as the DEA agent earlier this year who warned Utah lawmakers that legalization may lead to intoxicated wildlife, even stoned rabbits.
Rosenberg said it was too early to tell if legalization in Colorado and Washington had resulted in the harmful consequences that the DEA had warned about.“Yeah, there are effects. Do we see them clearly today? No,” he said. “But it’s starting to come more clearly into focus. Will we start to see it clearly in 5 to 10 years? I bet we will.”So the jury is still out.When Rosenberg was asked by a Washington Post reporter about the effects of marijuana legalization, he began by noting that this was an issue he’d been mulling over since taking over as the DEA’s leader in May.“I’ve been thinking about this a lot,” Rosenberg said.He admitted his thoughts might not be “ready for prime time,” but he wanted to share them.Rosenberg said he feels like the current public debate mixes two different issues – pot legalization and medicinal marijuana. He sees them as distinctly different.If we talk about legalization in honest terms and don’t try to sell it as a medicine, “there’s at least an intellectual honesty to that,” he said. “I don’t agree with it. I think it’s dangerous. I don’t recommend it. But there’s other stuff in our society that’s dangerous that’s perfectly legal.”He said he was bothered by claims that marijuana is medicinal. It’s not, he said.Smoking marijuana has “never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine,” Rosenberg said, noting that this was different from marijuana components used in medicinal forms.“If you want to make a bad decision and legalize it, make a bad decision and legalize it. But call it what it is. We decided to legalize this thing that’s harmful and dangerous. But when you collapse it into something that’s also medicine, I think that’s ludicrous,” he said.Rosenberg also declined to draw any lessons from Ohio where residents voted down a ballot measure Tuesday to legalize pot statewide. The referendum called for Ohio’s pot supply to come from 10 exclusive growers, leading to criticism that this would create a “marijuana monopoly.”“It struck me as an anomaly,” he said.Todd C. Frankel is a reporter covering people and policy. Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:   Todd C. FrankelPublished: Novenber 4, 2015Copyright: 2015 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2015 at 06:09:02 PT
DEA not allowed to tell the truth!
It's important for readers to understand one reality about this cannabis prohibitionist;His job description requires Him to stance against the God-given plant. He has no choice except to be terminated otherwise.The job description of the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration does not allow for any honesty regarding the PLANT.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2015 at 06:01:12 PT
We need these dinks to keep talking!
"""He said he was bothered by claims that marijuana is medicinal. It’s not, he said."""It is imperative that cannabis prohibitionist keep talking between now and the 2016 election.Humans have been (documented) using cannabis for medical purposes for over 5,000 years. Between now and 2016 elections, still more, rather than less people will become familiar with how cannabis helps medicinally. Cannabis prohibitionists are a necessary evil to end the scam; yet with out them from the beginning, cannabis would not be prohibited.Cannabis prohibition is the DEVIL LAW.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 04, 2015 at 23:31:37 PT
What struck him as an anomaly, I wonder? That Ohio didn't go for the monopoly or that the monopoly was even suggested?I think it was somewhat of an anomaly that supposedly smart business people didn't have a clue that Ohioans wouldn't be cool with a freaking constitutionally bound monopoly.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 04, 2015 at 19:55:26 PT
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on November 04, 2015 at 19:06:50 PT
Off the record. ..
After the press briefing, Mr. Rosenberg launched into a feverishly wild dissartation, on the dangers of children playing too near the edge of the earth.
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