Looks like the folks at DEA are a mite concerned about their jobs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.
The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.
"We should not abandon science and fact in favor of public opinion," Harrigan said. He echoed previous testimony from James Capra, DEA's chief of operations, who told a Senate panel in January that "going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible."
The subcommittee chairman, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said the country is "in a state of conflict and chaos right now" over U.S. marijuana policy.
The U.N. is also disturbed by the recent legalizations in Washington state and Colorado. Generally, if the U.N. favors something, I'm going to be against it - and vice-versa. Frankly, if a sink-hole opened under their building and swallowed it, it'd be a net plus.
On the pot issue, though - it'd be okay, if it disenfranchized the cartels, though they'd likely just bump up cocaine and human trafficking. So there's no real gain, but the pot's probably a lot safer. It's kind of amazing, when you stop to consider it, that many of the folks who concern themselves over "organic" foods and GMO products don't seem to blink at the thought of inhaling pesticide-laden pot-smoke.
But as the House holds their hearings and the DEA folks rail, it doesn't really matter: Resident Soetero will choose which laws he wants to enforce.