Who Is To Blame For The DEA’s Medical Marijuana Raids? The 420 Times Staff July 22, 2010 Activism, Exclusive Web Content, Politics I’m sure many of you have noticed that – despite Attorney General Eric Holder’s “orders” to the contrary, medical marijuana raids continue by the DEA. I put the word orders in quotations because I don’t really think the DEA answers to anyone, not Eric Holder, and not President Obama. An article posted on Reason.com today delves into exactly what’s going on at The Justice Department. Yesterday half a dozen drug policy reform groups asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination of Michele Leonhart to head the DEA, citing her continued enthusiasm for raids on medical marijuana suppliers as the agency’s acting administrator. “Under Leonhart’s leadership,” says the joint statement by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, California NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, “the DEA has staged medical marijuana raids in apparent disregard of Attorney General Eric Holder’s directive to respect state medical marijuana laws.” According to the DEA, the people they raid are not in full and complete compliance with state law, so they have a free hand. Since many state laws leave ambiguity when it comes to medical marijuana, the DEA pounces on any excuse to conduct a raid and justify their bloated and wasteful budget. And since their is no leadership from above, the raids continue. And you can’t blame Leonhart for that (the wiggle room in the laws). It was Holder who formulated the new policy, and it was President Obama who let him do it, despite his repeated campaign promises to leave medical marijuana patients and their suppliers alone. The definitive test of whether anything has changed will be in jurisdictions such as Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, which have laws that explicitly authorize and regulate the production and distribution of medical marijuana. So what is to be done? Sadly, without clear guidelines at the Department of Justice reigning in the DEA, not much. Obama and Holder seem to have forgotten about the issue, leaving the thugs at the DEA to carry out their budget-bloating raids. We must continually remind our “leaders” that speaking a few words during the campaign doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow through on your promises. Real leadership is about telling people what will happen, and then making it happen. This is a concept our currents “leaders” fail to grasp. – Joe Klare 6 Responses johnny1 July 22, 2010 Oakland dosn’t get`raided the city counsel is right in there pocket Now that they have OK’d 4 huge grow sites In Sandiego 12 places got raided Very hostile environments DEA shoots PETS Arresting people for cannabis will someday look like an archaic form of law ,like stoning to death If a candidate Is in favor of cannabis He will get my vote Log in to Reply Stoney July 23, 2010 Sadly, I predicted this would happen. Log in to Reply LDude July 23, 2010 Our Nicotine Addicted Hypocrite in the oval office once said” YES, I inhaled frequently,that was the point”. Log in to Reply HouTX July 24, 2010 It’s called the “DEA Game of Unjustice” Get yours today, package comes with hidden agendas, killer swats and even a president who has a gag over his mouth. The price you pay is only lives lost. So get your game today. Log in to Reply mtlasagna July 25, 2010 pressured by personal pig-at-trough dangers, the dea has hit the panic button. for one thing, the temp lady thug-in-charge is overdue for official appointment, and d.c. buzz says may not happen. pro cannabis is now an issue that can help politicians get elected . that’s MAJOR and a very recent phenomenon/shift in thinking. nice way to go team. Log in to Reply Jane Hamsher: Sign petition to legalize marijuana « Later On August 9, 2010 […] Last fall, Eric Holder issued a directive that the DEA should respect state medical marijuana laws. But as Jacob Sullum notes, that directive had a lot of wiggle room and as a result the DEA’s raids on medical marijuana suppliers continue. […] Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.