Drug Enforcement Administration heads may retire from their positions as chief, but today eight former chiefs are showing that they never leave their DEA beliefs behind. The Associated Press has reported that on Monday they received an advanced copy of the statement to be made today by eight former DEA chiefs. The former heads are requesting that the federal government to put an end to states legalizing marijuana before it gets too late.
Former heads of the DEA plan to issue their joint statements against legalizing pot on Tuesday.
The eight past DEA chiefs, Peter Bensinger, John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall and Francis Mullen are stating that the Obama administration is not taking the appropriate quick action to put an end making pot legal. They feel that the states legalizing pot should be sued by the federal government in order to force them to repeal the legalization. In a statement to AP DEA former administrator Peter Bensinger said that if the government does not take immediate action to sue the states then the United States could see "a domino effect" with other states quickly following by legalizing marijuana as well.
Laws are still being reviewed, but obviously not quick enough for the eight former DEA heads.
Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize the use of marijuana pitting them against the federal laws that still state that the recreational use of marijuana is illegal. This has resulted in the federal government's review of the laws and taking the time needed to make a thoughtful decision.
Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, and the Department of Justice have been reviewing the laws since just after the election. According to AP's report if Eric Holder believes that the state's pot laws should be challenged then he could have the department "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".
Statements by the former DEA heads are due to be made through the group, Save Our Society from Drugs.
The former chiefs are teaming with the national lobbying group, Save Our Society from Drugs, to issue their statements before Eric Holder is to appear in front of the U.S. Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday. The previous chiefs are requesting that senators ask Holder to give answers regarding the issue of legalizing pot.
It seems that one DEA former head has stepped aside on the marijuana legalization issue.
A letter found on the Save Our Society from Drugs website dated Sept 7, 2012 written to Attorney General Holder expressing concerns about states legalizing marijuana was signed by nine former DEA chiefs. Perhaps the most recent former chief, Karen Tandy serving as DEA head from 2003 through 2007, has rethought her position on the matter. Her name is no longer mentioned in the joint statement now being made by the eight former chiefs covering their years as DEA heads from 1973 through 2003.
With everything going on in the world is this really the top matter that the people of the United States wish their senators to take precious time on debating. Perhaps the former DEA chiefs should be focusing on the now legal pain killing drugs that lead to theft and murder. These drugs need to be made illegal for people to get outside of a hospital or hospice situation.
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