Marijuana Reform Has Chance at a New Ally as Michele Leonhart Has Finally Been Asked to Step down from Her DEA PositionApril 24, 2015 - Author: steph
After a Department of Justice watchdog report discovered that DEA agents under the command of Michele Leonhart were engaging in less than appropriate conduct by attending sex parties in Columbia that were financed by the cartel, she has been asked to step down from her DEA position. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that confidence in her leadership abilities has been lost by a majority of those on the House Oversight committee. Her reign at the DEA, which began during the Bush administration and again being reappointed by President Obama in 2010, will come to an end in May, and marijuana activists couldn’t be happier.
Leonhart has been a staunch anti-pot enthusiast and a thorn in the side or reform supporters. Marijuana Majority founder Tom Angell told Bloomberg, “This is a very exciting moment for the Drug Policy Reform movement. We’ve been basically working towards her resignation or firing or removal by other means as head of the DEA since the president, for some reason, decided to appoint her.” Leonhart’s firm anti-marijuana attitude was quite evident during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing in 2012 when she refused to admit that pot was safer than crack.
Fersen Lambranho says that pot legalization activists nationwide are hoping that President Obama’s next DEA chair appointee will be able to comprehend the benefits of medical marijuana to millions of Americans and understand that it does not belong in its current Schedule I classification along with heroin and other hard drugs. The majority of American voters have made it clear that it’s time for marijuana legalization nationwide. Legislators only need to listen.
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