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Michele Leonhart, DEA Chief Openly Critical of Obama Comments about Marijuana Legalization
by Randal M. Bundy
Michele Leonhart is the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and it has been reported by sources of the Boston Herald that she has is now openly criticizing Barack Obama for his recent comments over the question of marijuana legalization.. This is a very brave position she is taking, and is what I have come to expect from many Law Enforcement Officers through out our Country. I am often very critical of some Law Enforcement Officers, but that does not mean that I do not appreciate them and the dangerous and difficult work many of them do in service to our country and our communities. Certainly everyone who reads this must understand that with out law enforcement all of our society will be in chaos. I will continue to criticize where I feel it necessary and will commend and praise where deserved.
Apparently the sources reporting the incident Michele Leonhart "slam" Obama at last week's National Sheriffs' Association winter meeting in Washington. The sources are mentioned as being the Sheriff in Bristol County, Massachusetts and Sheriff in Kern County, California , both reported that Leonhart was critical of the president's claim that marijuana's affects are no different than alcohol's. According to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he was thrilled to hear the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration take her boss to task. The Sheriff went on to say, “She’s frustrated for the same reasons we are. She said she felt the administration didn’t understand the science enough to make those statements. She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White House participated in a softball game with a pro-legalization group. But 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 4. At that mention The Sheriffs were all shocked. This is the first time in 28 years I’ve ever heard anyone in her position be this candid.”
Kern County sheriff Donny Youngblood told reported that Michele Leonhart received a "standing ovation" from the law enforcement agents at the convention.
As many people know a great number of County Sheriff's across the United States have stood up against the Obama administrations attempt's to impose further gun ownership restriction in the United States and has lobbied for state legislators to begin on their end a massive anti-gun legislation and gun bad. It has been the County Sheriff who have lead a movement across the country by joining an organization known as Oath Keepers. Oath Keepers is dedicated to upholding the same oath which is taken by Soldiers, Law Enforcement Officers and Elected Officials which is: To support and Protect the Constitution of the United States against All enemies foreign and domestic. Within the Constitution is what is commonly known as the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment is the Bill of right which clearly states that the rights of the people to own and bare firearms shall not be infringed upon. This bill of Rights and the others is the Sacred Law of the Land and a dictator such as Obama must not be permitted to violate or attempt to deprive the American Citizens of the Rights.
According to Michele Leonhart's Bio she graduated from Bemidji State University in 1978 with a degree in criminal justice, and began her career in law enforcement as a patrol officer in Baltimore, Maryland before entering the DEA in late 1980 as a Special Agent. It is stated she became DEA's first female Special Agent in Charge in 1997. The President at that time, George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Leonhart as Deputy Administrator on July 31, 2003, and submitted her nomination to the United States Senate on October 3, 2003. The Senate confirmed her nomination on March 8, 2004. On April 15, 2008, the White House announced that President Bush intended to nominate Leonhart to succeed Tandy as the next Administrator of DEA. Leonhart's nomination was received by the Senate the same day and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the committee did not hold any hearings on Leonhart's nomination, and on January 2, 2009, the nomination was returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate pursuant to sine die adjournment at the end of the 110th Congress.
The is what some might call controversy involving Michele Leonhart in so far as she has consistently turned down research into the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of marijuana. It is stated by some that she has a track record of undermining state law with regard to legal medical marijuana. On July 21, 2010, several pro-legalization groups called on President Obama to withdraw his support of Leonhart, including SSDP, MPP, NORML, LEAP, and DPA. Of course this would not be surprising as those groups stand to benefit financially from the legalization of marijuana, so I would personally would have to discount them as any sort of professional experts and would have to regard their interest in the matter of marijuana legalization as being personal.
In 2011, the Washington Post reported that "994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010" and that "in 2009, the last year for which there is data, 1,180 children were killed, half in shootings." In response to these statistics, Leonhart declared that while it "may seem contradictory, the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs.”
In 2012, Leonhart testified before Congress and refused to say that marijuana is less addictive or harmful than methamphetamine, heroin, or crack-cocaine. However, at one point she agreed with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) that the right to use medical marijuana should be “between a patient and his doctor.” Representative Cohen quickly criticized her statement as inconsistent with the actions of her agency. On a personal note here I have watched her testimony in front of Congress and like most the Senator conducting the inquiry tended to badger her as a witness. In other words his questioning and his general demeanor was one intended to distract her, upset her, confuse her, he was rude and in a court of law one might say he was treating her in a hostile manner.
There may in fact be some merit in legalizing marijuana and eventually it may come to where Congress does, but until such a time it is still considered illegal by the Federal Government. Many states have legalized it's use and the production and sale under certain controlled conditions. The truth is that research has in fact determined that the smoking of marijuana does in fact create heath hazards, plus psychological problems with those who do smoke it.
My point is that it is very commendable of Michele Leonhart to take the position that she has and that she is vocal about it and speaks out. It also speaks of her bravery and in this regard I think she is a fine example of a Law Enforcement Officer who is not persuaded by Political Pressure. She knows what her job is and she is doing it, which is what she is paid to do and Bravo to her for that. I think Michele Leonhart is of the same caliber Official as the Country Sheriffs, she knows the Law, she knows the Constitution and she is forthright and courageous enough to follow the law and the Constitution. She, like the Sheriffs are just stubborn enough to stand up against the Flagrant Lawlessness and Constitutional Violations committed by Obama and his administration. We can hope that more officials will follower her lead.
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