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Defiant DEA Chief: Pot Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

Michele Leonhart

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As marijuana legalization shifts in public opinion, state laws and within the Obama administration, the DEA is pledging to fight even harder, said DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Wednesday.

The Huffington Post reports that Leonhart, speaking during testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee, maintains voters were duped into approving marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado by pot propaganda.

“It’s of great concern to us the messages we hear on television, in the radio, in songs — and now, my fear is that kids are hearing it from their own parents,” Leonhart said. “It’s important to have the facts about marijuana put out there in ways that kids, teens, young adults, parents can look at it and see that what they’ve been sold — that this is no big deal — is not true.”

Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, questioned why Obama is holding onto Leonhart since she is obstructing his administration’s policies.

“Publicly criticizing and questioning the competence of your supervisor would get anyone fired in the private sector,” Riffle said in a statement. “It’s frankly astounding to me that Ms. Leonhart is still employed and American taxpayers continue to foot her $165,000 salary to publicly campaign against the president’s policies.”

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