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Former DEA Chiefs Call on Government to Challenge State Marijuana Laws

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Eight former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) called on the federal government Tuesday to challenge laws in Colorado and Washington state that legalize the recreational use of marijuana, The Wall Street Journal reports. On the same day, a United Nations agency said the state laws violate international narcotics conventions.

“We are urging Attorney General Holder, as he did in the case of the Arizona immigration law, to file a lawsuit challenging the Colorado and Washington laws without delay,” one of former DEA Administrators, Judge Robert Bonner, said in a statement.

In its annual report, the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, which monitors the implementation of international drug-control conventions, said it “stresses the importance of universal implementation of the international drug control treaties by all States parties and urges the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territory.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week said he is in the final stages of reviewing the state laws, the article notes.

2 Responses to this article

  1. docbarry / March 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Only one thought comes to mind, “When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn” whether irt was Joan Baez or Judy Collins singing, How silly is this? Just from the simplest of Harm Reduction Strategies, and Fairness and Social Justice, Why are the white man’s drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco legal? How many people die annually from cigarettes? from alcohol related illness, alcohol caused crashes, the list could go on ad infinitum. Yet our tax dollars at work, Let’s Bust The Potheads. Where have all the brave men gone? Take on the difficult challenges, Stop the Insanity! If we are having bad financial times, Stop the War on Drugs, it’s not free, and it’s not successful. Over One Trillion Dollars spent, yet drugs are more available then ever.
    In closing, please address this, “Since the United States has been in Afghanistan, Afghani exports of Opium of swelled to over 10,000 metric tons, while under Taliban (I do not like the Taliban) rule, 90 metric tons were exported. Where is it going?

  2. Richard P Steeb / March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The time has come to restore the Tenth Amendment and enumerated powers spelled out in our constitution.

    Besides unconstitutional, to keep Cannabis illegal while tobacco and alcohol are ubiquitously marketed would be murderously stupid.

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