Drug Enforcement Administration Director Michele Leonhart’s recent testimony during an oversight hearing before Congress is very notable for a couple of reasons.
The first and most obvious is Leonhart’s deep cluelessness—whether real or (very convincingly) feigned—about the effects of marijuana, the effects of federal drug policy and, particularly, the impact of federal marijuana policy on people’s lives.
Leonhard flat-out refused to admit that marijuana is any different than heroin, meth, or cocaine, and simply avoided directly addressing the hard questions put to her by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
The second, and ultimately more important reason her testimony is notable, is that this is what the Drug War looks like when it’s dying.
The cruel absurdities of U.S. federal drug policy are out in the open for everyone to see; that genie can’t be put back into the bottle. The days of marijuana being treated as if it’s a dangerous substance like hard drugs are numbered.
The cat’s out of the bag.
|DEA Director Michele Leonhart claims marijuana is just as dangerous as meth, heroin and cocaine|