From C-Span:Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
The purpose of this hearing is to conduct oversight of the DEA. Members may question Leonhart about the investigation in possible misconduct by DEA agents in Colombia, which came to light as a result of the Secret Service incident with prostitutes before the President’s visit to Cartagena. The DEA has permanent offices in Colombia.
Additionally, they will discuss "Operation Fast and Furious." While criticism surrounding the operation has focused on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, agents at DEA, FBI and ICE were also likely aware that guns were "walked" to Mexico.
Finally, the affects of the upcoming Mexican Presidential elections on the U.S. drug war is also a topic of interest.
Currently, the agency has nearly 5,000 special agents and a budget of $2.02 billion.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) will chair the hearing.
Now for the good part!Reps. Jared Polis and Steve Cohen questioned DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart about the dangers of marijuana relative to other illegal drugs, such as heroin and methamphetamine. Ms. Leonhart refused at this point to answer the questions posed to her. She instead decided to answer every question with an answer straight from South Park's Mr. Mackey, 'Drugs are bad".
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart: 'I believe all illegal drugs are bad'.
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado: 'Is methamphetamine worse for somebody’s health than marijuana? Is heroin worse for somebody’s health than marijuana?'
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart: 'Again, all drugs'....
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado: 'Yes, no, or I don’t know? If you don’t know this, you can look this up. As the chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency, I’m asking a very straightforward question'.
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart: 'Heroin is highly addictive, but the question you are asking is subjective. Some people become addicted marijuana and some people become addicted to methamphetamine'.
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado: 'Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin'?
|Graph shows the rise in prison population with the advent of Reagan's War on Drugs.|
|America's changing position on marijuana legalization.|
The question is why does the person given charge of America's War on [illegal] Drug Use not know the difference between Marijuana and Heroin or Crack? Is it that she won't admit to the stunning failure of Ronald Reagan's War, now Obama's on American Citizens or is she just truly incompetent? Medical marijuana initiatives have won by massive landslides in many states. Pew Research polls show the majority now favor not only medical marijuana, but also decriminalization or outright legalization.