Marijuana Policy Project petition: Fire DEA head critical of Obama's pot comments


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Dan Riffle.
We're reproduced the entire petition below. But here's an excerpt from a letter signees are encouraged to send to the President:
Administrator Leonhart has fundamentally undermined your 2009 mandate that, "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration ..." We call on you to remove her from her current position of DEA administrator and replace her with someone who will base his or her decisions on science and evidence instead of politics and ideology.
At this writing, the petition, on the Change.org website, has been signed by more than 5,600 people.

Adds Riffle: "This is not just us saying we'd like to have a head of the DEA who's friendly toward marijuana reform. This is someone who's violating the mandate of this administration.

Here's the petition:

Fire Anti-Marijuana DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart!

In a recent speech, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart criticized President Barack Obama for his acknowledgement that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in terms of its impact on the consumer. Yet there is an abundance of research demonstrating that marijuana is in fact less harmful than alcohol.

Leonhart has consistently demonstrated a reckless disregard of such scientific evidence. Under her watch, the DEA has obstructed attempts to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act -- a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs -- and at a 2012 House committee hearing, she refused to answer a congressman's simple question about whether heroin and crack cocaine pose more harm to the consumer than marijuana.

Shortly after taking office, President Obama mandated, "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration...." Whether Leonhart is ignorant of the facts or intentionally disregarding them, she has fundamentally undermined the president's directive and is clearly unfit for her current position.

We call on President Obama to immediately terminate DEA Administrator Leonhart and replace her with someone who recognizes the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.

To: President Barack Obama

In a recent speech, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart publicly criticized you for acknowledging the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in terms of its impact on the consumer. In addition to her insubordinate comments, her agency has denied attempts to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act -- a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs -- and refused to answer a congressman's simple question about whether heroin and crack cocaine pose more harm to the consumer than marijuana.

Administrator Leonhart has fundamentally undermined your 2009 mandate that, "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration ..." We call on you to remove her from her current position of DEA administrator and replace her with someone who will base his or her decisions on science and evidence instead of politics and ideology.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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See more from our Videos archive circa June 2012: "Video: Jared Polis destroys DEA boss, who won't say heroin's worse than pot."


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edac.2008
edac.2008

Obviously the DEA is making huge money off pot busts so of course they would act as if they are scientists and make bold unscientific unproven claims to everyone they are going beyond their job by making claims that is not the job of the DEA to judge the American vote if Americans vote for legalization it must be done they have no place to say either way that is America the power to vote and stand up for what is really good and bad in this world pot has been talked down upon for years by workers of our government like the DEA when discoveries are left untold and science needs to be considered.

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

Obama was a homosexual meth head 'that's in his book, his words'  and Bronco fans are all stoners, so who cares.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"But she said her lowest point in 33 years in the DEA was when she learned they'd flown a hemp flag over the Capitol on July 4."

This is someone who desperately needs a life. Does she know hemp isn't the reefer she fears?

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

Please fire her and send her back to the 50's where her attitude belongs.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Let's start by firing the abysmal failure-in-chief.  He can take his entire incompetent team with him.

Alfonzo McCarthy
Alfonzo McCarthy

Yes. She needs to go back to being a Baltimore cop cause it's obvious she has put her foot in her mouth way to many times.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

             *** Persistent Pot Puffing Makes You Stupid ***


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22927402


Persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education. Informants also reported noticing more cognitive problems for persistent cannabis users. Impairment was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, with more persistent use associated with greater decline. Further, cessation of cannabis use did not fully restore neuropsychological functioning among adolescent-onset cannabis users.

Steve Pfefferle
Steve Pfefferle

Yes. She only cares about law enforcement, not the theory behind the law. She wants pot to remain illegal for the same reason the private prisons do.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

For that matter, you'd think the "lowest point" would involve tragic loss of life, or something like that, rather than the textile of which is composed an object of worship fluttering over some building.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident Very good question, Dissident -- one we're going to feature in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... doesn't the tool Jared Polis know that Betsy Ross didn't sew the first U$ flag, nor was it made of hemp?


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strongly put. Thanks for the post, Kevin.

theman
theman

@DonkeyHotayYes we should believe the government who has told us that marijuana has no medicinal value when clearly it has, that it causes cancer when the two studies allowed by the DEA and NIDA show otherwise and yet they still tout that its cancer causing OR the "Teen use lowers IQ"flawed ridiculous study that takes nothing else into account.

... and the fact that its not being legalized for teens goes right over the anti crowd's puny little brains.-Its desperation coming from the anti crowd. 

oh looky a new study 


Not only does smoking marijuana not “burn you out,” but it’s downright good for your brain. It actually appears to improve cognitive functioning among middle-aged men, according to a 2011 medical study.

Researchers looked at a large sample of 8,992 men who “used drugs,” mostly cannabis, at age 42 and then again at age 50,The men were tested to measure their level of brain functioning.

Surprise, surprise — the Brits who had used illegal drugs did just as well — or slightly better! — than the chaps who had never “used drugs” at all.

 http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/12/21/aje.kwr315.abstract


donkeysabitch
donkeysabitch

@DonkeyHotaywrong wrong wrong fuck tard!! So how can so many studies be conducted in a country that has cannabis listed as a class 1 substance?? Last I checked if a drug is listed as no medical value it cannot be studied. Maybe you should believe and study what is coming from Israel since it is the leader in cannabis studies. Plus recent studies show cannabis protects the brain in mice, Does alcohol??? Nope it does not actually is causes korsakoff syndrome....permanent psychosis get your facts straight ass

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Yeah, file that along with second hand cigarette smoke causing a cancer epidemic. Bet they only tested pot smokers and didn't have a control group of cigarette smokers.

theman
theman

" She only cares about law enforcement, not the theory behind the law."

 Only until citing science suits her , without of course pointing to any actual science.

 "She's frustrated for the same reasons we are," Hodgson told the paper. "She said she felt the administration didn't understand the science enough to make those statements."


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting comparison, Steve. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... you'd think that brain-dead bong-sucking stoners wouldn't tell absurd LIES about the textile comprising said object of worship.


But then again, bong-sucking Stoners think they can BULLSHIT and LIE about everything, as their peer group is almost always too pig-ignorant to know truth from fiction, or fact from fantasy.





theman
theman

@DonkeyHotaywho cares . it sure got tha anti crowd's panties in a bunch.

so funny to see your still pissed off about losng the fight to legalize mj for recreation. 

please spout off about how it isnt really legal, thats my favorite whine of yours. love seeing you enraged because the stoners you hate so much are kickin your ass and got  A64 passed despite  all your fruitless efforts LOLOL!!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues and you voted for the worst president in the country's history, you stupid fuck.  So who is the fucking moron?

Romney would have been a whole bunch better than the abysmal failure.  


Still using the infantile "lol" I see.  You are not only stupid and illiterate, you are quite obviously immature as well.  


637847
637847

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay do you constantly need satisfaction from going off on people online to feel accomplished?  a simple job can do that...

nate505
nate505

@fishingblues@DonkeyHotayNo, he's genetically one total dumb fuck.  Seriously, he takes being a total dumb fuck to unheard of levels.  He's dumb, he's a joke, he's worthless, and frankly, he contributes nothing really positive to society.  I doubt even his remains will function as good fertilizer when that time comes.


theman
theman

@637847@DonkeyHotay

 dont care 

 have fun watching the ass implode on a daily basis.  that heart attack is right around the corner . we'll all know fer sure when the loser stops posting. Sitting on his/her Ass is all the fuckwit can manage 

Ill bet Donk has an office ass the size of Texas, Really she/he ought to put a hat on and cover that thing up!

637847
637847

@DonkeyHotay why are you so enraged?  is it because you watch fox news?  now i understand you..

theman
theman

@fishingblues@DonkeyHotayRomney IS an abysmal failure. Bankrupting cos by loading them up with debt , collecting fees and selling off the assets for more pocket change is a bad way to run a government.

It puts those millions in bad debts upon the tax payers . But I guess if you dont mind everyone else  paying for Romney's mansions he would be a great choice

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues Please give an operational definition of your made up term "teatard".  Dumb fuck!

Also, it has been proven that you flunked psychology.  Therefore, it is a good bet you have no clue what "cognitive dissonance" means.  You pathetic little fraud.


Too stupid to live! 

637847
637847

@fishingblues get a new insult... jesus christ and grow the fuck up.  noone cares about what you think of someone, noone cares about how you think the world should work.  you aren't the president for a reason, and thank fucking god.  



637847
637847

@fishingblues you need some serious help buddy.  should I call the suicide hotline for ya?  I mean, with all your anger bottled up and taking out behind your computer screen, your life must be pretty pathetic right now.  Maybe if you weren't so lonely and had a son or someone to talk to you wouldn't be so confused and angered.

637847
637847

@fishingblues Jesus Christ you are so retarded I can't stop laughing.   #MIDLIFECRISIS

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