Will DEA Help States Implement Medical Marijuana Laws?

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I like the way Eric Sterling frames his concerns about Michele Leonhart's nomination to head the DEA:

Aside from the Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the big challenge for the next DEA administrator is to help the states and D.C. implement their medical marijuana laws. President Obama’s nominee, Michele M. Leonhart, has been at the top of DEA for seven years as deputy and acting administrator. Previously she was DEA special agent-in-charge in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since 1997, she has led DEA in resisting state medical marijuana laws. She lacks an essential qualification: a commitment to working with the states to implement these compassionate laws. The Senate Judiciary Committee should look closely at her record and her willingness to carry out that mission. [Washington Post]

Medical marijuana is indeed the most volatile political issue the DEA deals with. Any questionable move on their part is guaranteed to ignite an immediate firestorm of protests and bad press. But Eric isn't just asking DEA not to attack people for medical marijuana activities. He's suggesting that DEA could actually help with the implementation of new laws, for example by providing regulators at the state level with a realistic assessment of what their enforcement priorities will be.  

It's an idea so crazy it just might work. But in order for it to happen, the White House will have to improve on its position that medical marijuana raids are a poor use of resources and acknowledge instead that the government actually has a responsibility for making this medicine readily and safely available to the people who need it.
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DEA theory

I have a theory that people can comment on and possibly fine tune:
I have been interested in the make-up of the ranks of the DEA. I have not examined hard data but from the limited amount of it that I've been able to look at, it seems that the DEA is composed primarily, that is, over 60%, of Mexican-Americans. If that is accurate it seems the DEA is a continuation, right into the modern era, of the Holy Inquisition. I'm not saying that there is any direct link to the Vatican, however.

The DEA is a patently unconstitutional agency

Therefore it should not exist, let alone interfere, pro or con, in what any State chooses to do concerning any drug, medical or recreational.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Forget Medical Marijuana

We need to forget Marijuana for medicinal purposes and legalize it all together. Who are we kidding? Is there anything wrong with recreational purposes? How can we live in a country where Alcohol and Tobacco are legal, and still preach that it's wrong to use drugs for recreation?! Plus, having drug companies regulating prescriptions has been proven to be expensive for the government and the people trying to acquire the prescriptions, and when you can grow the stuff in your back yard for free, why not go for full out legalization?

Acronyms and Mottos

The DEA could be far more effective if it protected the average drug consumer from Wall Street sharks and Big Pharma in ways that guarantee the best medicines reach the American consumer at the lowest cost.  First, however, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) needs to change its agency’s name to Drug Use for Humans, or DUH.

A law could be passed making the herbal market, including superior herbal medications such as cannabis, exempt from being regulated out of the market by synthetic, patented pharmaceuticals costing much more and offering little or no superior symptom relief.  DUH would be assigned to spend endless hours watching and investigating pharmaceutical executives so they always comply with the new consumer protection law.  DUH would also investigate alcohol industry executives for similar restraint of trade violations.

The drug communications branch of drug enforcement, the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) organization could reorganize itself so DARE becomes an acronym for ‘Drugs Are Really Excellent’.  DARE’s new motto would reflect its harm reduction philosophy: Dare to Tell the Truth.  This new DARE would dedicate itself to educating drug consumers on how to use drugs safely.  Its pro-drug stance would give kids something to rebel against.

We can’t forget the NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse), renamed NIDU, for National Institute of Drug Use.  NIDU’s new assignment would be to do research and development on each and every potential health benefit to be derived from any drug the U.S. government or any government has so far prohibited.


Scedule 1 violates constitution

If the substance is totally banned it isn't regulated at all. it just makes for a "black market"

controlled substances act also requires labeling and warning on the label...how does scedule 1 arrange for this in reference to the list of things as sceduled. and why does scedule 1 also comprise of mostly naturally found drugs and not "lab" drugs??

a total ban is illegal but a regulation on how it's exchanged well.......

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