The clouds have parted. The birds a chirping.

It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this month. Washington legalized it, too.  And California could vote on full legalization in November.

Even the evangelical leader Pat Robertson has expressed sympathy for legalization.

But there’s one dark corner of America where the drug war still rages and Reefer Madness still rules. You guessed it — we’re talking about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Yesterday DEA chief of operations James L. Capra told the U.S. Senate Drug Caucus that legalization in Colorado and Washington is “reckless and irresponsible.”

He went off:

There are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks. The idea somehow people in our country have that this is somehow good for us as a nation is wrong. It’s a bad thing.

Okay, Nancy Reagan.

Good thing for us the DEA has its hands tied, at least if you believe the Obama administration, which has said it will not go after small-time recreational users in those states.

The U.S. Department of Justice also stated it would not challenge legalization in Colorado and Washington. So deal with, James.

About The Author

Staff Reporter

Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

  • Grey Dread

    Of course he does. Legalization threatens his coffers.

  • M11B222INF8791

    If cannabis become legal, the cash would dry up for the DEA.