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Is Pot More Dangerous Than Alcohol? DEA Deputy Director Refuses to Answer Question Before Congress

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a simple question: Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol?

Yet DEA Deputy Director Thomas Harrigan wouldn’t provide an answer during a House oversight committee hearing.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN, asked because DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart insisted in January that pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

“Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance that Congress has passed, Congress has agreed to,” Harrigan responded.

“We’re not talking about that,” Cohen fired back. “Marijuana as it is standing on its own. Is it worse than alcohol, that kills tens of thousands of people and causes much violence and cirrhosis of the liver and DTs?”

Harrigan replied: “Again, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled drug.”

Cohen gave up.

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Comment from Jim Burdick
Time March 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm

They should have held him in contempt. Even just the threat of contempt for refusal to directly answer and direct question would have been enough to loosen his tongue. Ridiculous — AND this is NOT coming from any proponent of marijuana use.

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