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Former DEA Officials: Go After States That Legalized Pot for Recreational Use

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the federal government doesn’t act soon, it may lose the chance to stamp out recreational pot laws in Colorado and Washington, cautioned eight former DEA officials, the Associated Press reports.

Although voters legalized small amounts of possession last year in those states, the law still conflicts with a federal ban on marijuana.

The DEA heads plan to issue joint statements to President Obama’s administration Tuesday, the AP wrote.

“My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing,” said Peter Bensinger, one of the former DEA administrators said. “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.”

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Former DEA leaders Urge AG to Come Out Against Legalizing Marijuana

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nine former heads of the DEA sent a strong message to Attorney General Eric Holder: Fight against efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in three states, the Reuters reports.

Failing to say anything, they said, would suggest he condones legalization.

The former officials told Holder that legalization would fly in the face of federal law, according to Reuters.

“To continue to remain silent conveys to the American public and the global community a tacit acceptance of these dangerous initiatives,” said a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.

Voters in three states – Colorado, Washington state and Oregon – are set to decide in November whether to legalize pot for recreation.

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