A call to dismiss Leonhart came after a tenure of scandals and incompetence at the DEA
I encourage the president to use this as an opportunity to fill this important role with someone who understands the outdated federal approach to marijuana isn't working,” said Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon. He added: “The American public has moved on. Most now feel marijuana should be legalized.”
Who is Michele Leonhart
There is an active petition to President Obama to fire Michele Leonhart with over 46,000 signatures.
Her Record As The Chief Of The DEA
The most curious of her indiscretions is her apparent personal vendetta against the Cannabis plant.
"Winning The War On Drugs"
The children’s rights group estimates that 994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010.
Government figures include all homicides of people younger than 17, capturing victims whose murders might not have been related to drugs or organized crime. In 2009, the last year for which there is data, 1,180 children were killed, half in shootings.
It worries us very much, this growth in the attacks on little children. They use them as a vehicle to send a message.” “Decapitations and hanging bodies from bridges send a message. Killing children is an extension of this trend.” said Juan Martin Perez, director of the Child Rights Network in Mexico.
It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs,” said Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The cartels “are like caged animals, attacking one another.”
An "Expert" Without Answers
Jared Polis, D-Colo., told U.S. News he found Leonhart “completely incompetent and unknowledgeable" and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., urged her to "assume a Japanese posture and resign” so Obama could appoint someone more in line with his priorities.
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Her Lowest Point
She said her lowest point in 33 years in the DEA was when she learned they’d flown a Hemp flag over the Capitol on July 4th." Bristol County, Mass., Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson commented on Leonhart.
This shows how shockingly out of touch Michele Leonhart is," Polis told HuffPost in an email Saturday. "You would think that one of her lowest points would have been when she completely embarrassed herself by failing to state the obvious scientific fact that marijuana is less harmful and addictive than heroin. Almost half a million Americans saw her make a fool of herself."
Leonhart Slams Obama
As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Kentucky Hemp Seeds
U.S. Customs officials refused to release the seeds as the DEA insisted that Kentucky would need a permit from the DEA to do so.
For roughly a week, Thomas Massie of Kentucky kept telling the DEA to respect SEC 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill signed by the president, or he would take the DEA to Federal court.
No sooner was the suit filed did the DEA release the Hemp seeds to Kentucky.
As the head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart was ultimately behind the seize of Kentucky's imported Italian Hemp seeds last May.
House Oversight Committee
Her tenure at the DEA has been full of scandals including the most recent Report Says Drug Agents Attended Sex Parties.
From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position,” they said. “Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.” House oversight committee
While her departure does not guarantee a new chief that will be in favor of Cannabis, one would think that a fresh face that is more aware and educated on the topic, will at least not get in the way.
Either way it is a victory for the Cannabis Nation and we can't think of a better day for it to have happened than on 4/21 INTERNATIONAL HEMP DAY!!
Invest in Hemp and Save the Earth - Hernan Campos