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MUST WATCH: Rep. Jared Polis Destroys DEA Administrator During Congressional Hearing

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director June 20, 2012

    Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) made some must watch reform video today when he grilled DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, over the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs. Rep. Polis has been an outspoken advocate of marijuana legalization and was given the Rufus King, Sr. Award For Outstanding Public Leadership in the Field of MJ Law Reform at NORML’s 2011 Conference in Denver, at which he was also the keynote speaker.

    Click play below and watch pure drug war idiocy in action. Leonhart’s inability to answer simple questions would be humorous if the consequences of her position weren’t so tragic.

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    162 Responses to “MUST WATCH: Rep. Jared Polis Destroys DEA Administrator During Congressional Hearing”

    1. John Knight says:

      lol

    2. Rev. Barry Willie Black says:

      Where does one begin??

      I have watched this video twice now, and what I see and hear are things that would in fact get folks like you and me jailed for contempt. Her relies are at very least… disingenuous, as all the while she is covering her tracks, and keeping her job!

      She specifically avoids answering the main question being asked of her numerous times, and “parrots” the official DEA position back to the congressman again and again, as though it is a legitimate, fact based, answer!

      My take on that:

      How did this woman get her job??

      As long as we have a government that can dictate who has this job, we are going to have a “puppet show”. This woman is defending her job, and the DEA official position, and chose not to tell the truth that was being asked of her… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

      Enough about the politics, for now… on to the science.

      She did not answer any question asked of her with an answer that deviated from the official DEA position, so why would we expect the truth when she was asked about studies and other scientific, and readily available information on the subject?

      My take on that:

      I rarily tend towards sarcasm in a public forum, but just because she has been in law enforcement, does that mean that she has shut off her brain when it comes to this issue??

      Many in law enforcement in this great nation have long held the position, based upon science and self-directed thought, that this product of planet Earth should have never been listed with this drugs it has been grouped with.

      They are not hard to find.

      There are groups of law enforcement groups who think it should be legal, as well as those who suggest the use as medicine, and yet others who would just have folks procure it like alcohol, from a state run store of some sort.

      Medically speaking, National Cancer Institute stated on their website that “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to affect the immune system”, but they have also removed a supporting document titled “New NCI Resource About Cannabis (Marijuana)”, and with simply the statement “The NCI Fact Sheet Marijuana Use in Supportive Care for Cancer Patients is no longer current and has been removed.” How convenient. Oops, there’s the sarcasm, again.

      No never mind that, anyone with a brain of their own (meaning “free-thinking”) and an internet connection, can find huge amounts of scientific and medical related data on the subject of marijuana.

      As well as, how come it became illegal, how well it helps some folks medically, how well it was used for thousands of years, when it was needed as a simple fiber, and became sail cloth as well as the paper to write some of our most valued national documents, and so on…

      But this woman must not have either… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

      The social side of this is the craziest, I think.

      It has long been known that propaganda works, or they would not still be using it after thousands of years to populate society with information.

      There are millions of folks in the world who are completely satified to let others do their thinking and so we have the governments that we have. Our own faults.

      By the time folks have been told anything long enough, some will begin to believe it is true, just because of the position held by the folks providing the information. We see it everywhere… churches to schools, and anywhere else folks are propagating their ideas.

      The governments’ take on drugs, and cannabis specifically, has been no different. Right on the heals of the repeal of alcohol prohibition, we get prohibition of another substance, and one that had been used very industriously for thousands of years.

      It can honestly be stated that cannabis helped build America.

      On a side note, I would love to discuss “hemp” with Washington and Jefferson, in relation to what the powers controlling our country have perpetrated upon an otherwise “free” nation. Sarcasm? Maybe.

      Probably.

      After decades of cannabis prohibition therapy, our nation isn’t getting any better.

      After decades of cannabis prohibition propaganda, our nation has filled the heads of millions with the same sort of answers this woman gave in response to legally binding questions from a U.S. Congressman.

      From an individual who should have ready answers for any question on this very important subject… Empty, script-like, rhetoric… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

    3. Le Djin says:

      The answer seems clear to me. If we collectively withheld our tax dollars from these greedy government gangsters they would have to listen to reason. We are the idiots funding the parties, and laws we are complaining about. We liberated ourselves from the British in much the same way. We the people have the power(not by vote, but by force & numbers). So next time you find yourself angry at the government for some senseless thing they are doing “get off your ass” & do something about it. Start a tea party. Watch the news see how other countries do it(by force) maybe we need to wake the sleeping giant in us all.

      Thank you,
      Let us smoke =)
      PS: looing for smoke buddies in the I.E. hit me up Djindamy

    4. LETS PROHIBIT STUPID AND DECEPTIVE PEOPLE FROM HOLDING ANY TYPE OF AUTHORATIVE POSITION.

      SHE OBVIOUSLY KNOWS MARIJUANA ISNT AS DANGEROUS AS SHE LETS ON, JUST BY LOOKING AT HER RELUCTANT FACE AND HER HESITIAION IN ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS. I HOLD THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES ACCOUNTABLE FOR LETTING THIS SHIT GO ON AS LONG AS IT HAS.
      THE UNITED STATES POPULATION IS BRAIN DEAD AND HAS NO HOPE. DIE STUPID AMERICANS GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY AND LET SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMETHING GUIDE YOUR PATHETIC ASSES. I HOPE, NO I PRAY EVERYONE OF THOSE POLITICIANS CONTRACT SOME SORT OF NASTY FLESH EATING DISEASE AND PASS IT TO ONE ANOTHER, JUST AS THEIR BS IDEAS AND THEIR SORRY ASS WAYS HAVE AFFETED THE NATION.

    5. Brutal says:

      Just look to a greedy Asshole named Hearst to see why weed is illegal

    6. Rob says:

      I would like to ask if this (and previous) administrations truly believe the testimony of Harry Anslinger to congress? Some of his quotes to Congress included,

      “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men”, or any of THESE marvelous “one-liners”
      “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

      “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

      “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

      “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

      “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

      “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

      Or, maybe they still DO believe in those “reasons” that congress voted to ban marijuana. If I could get an answer to this, it would help me understand. Thanks.

    7. Charles Strout says:

      We put medical marijuana 14 x 48 billboards ads in the South Florida area, and all we did was reiterate, and utilize the Fed Govt’s own relevant logic supporting medical marijuana, describing Chief DEA Fed Law Judge – Francis L. Young’s conclusion, and famous quote after an intense 2 yr study being that medicinal marijuana is “One of the Safest Therapeutically Active Substances Known to Man.” – along with referring to the Fed Govt’s own Patent #6630507 that clearly describes the health benefits of using natural marijuana. Even the DEA’s rank, and file members are starting to question their top echelon’s continued senseless stance in not rescheduling medical marijuana. To see the ads just research Medical Marijuana Ads are a big hit in South Florida. Thanks to all who helped support getting them displayed.

    8. Mr Montague says:

      Friends, romans, countrymen… legalize pot

    9. Kenneth says:

      This is our generation it’s 2012 science has proven it the people have spoken and there still laughing at the idea. I’m in Louisana harsh laws humidity and blazing temps but let the beer flow, get caught with a god given plant you are shunned, arrested, blah blah. If one state has the right so do we fuk em. Plant a seed take a stand we see the lies 420. Government officals are corrupt pieces of shit, we don’t have to take it, after work everyday I see people run to gas stations grab 12 pack open one drive off but that’s a ok fuk that bs. Fight for ur cannbis rights!!! So sick of this un fair fuk up of a System

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