Great News: New DEA Chief To Usher In More Relaxed Approach To Pot
Now that former DEA Chief Michele Leonhart has resigned due to scandals involving prostitution and drug use (oh, the irony), the new Chief, Chuck Rosenberg, a former administrator at the FBI, plans to usher in a more relaxed approach to marijuana use.
Rosenberg claims that instead of focusing on the persecution and prosecution of sellers and users, the agency will be tasked with “[improving] the DEA’s procedures on classifying, declassifying and reclassifying drugs.” Drugs the DEA will be focusing more on are heroin, cocaine and psychedelic drugs.
So what does this mean? Possible decriminalization? The head of the DEA has the power to reschedule a drug. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug because it has a “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use.” Should a petition come forward challenging the schedule, Rosenberg would have the ability to potentially decriminalize it under the Controlled Substance Act. Should Rosenberg classify marijuana to Schedule II, Marijuana would be treated like Oxycontin; if you don’t have a prescription, you can be arrested.
Newly appointed Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, said Rosenberg “has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakable integrity.” Rosenberg previously served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Texas where he worked extensively with the prosecution of drugs and immigration as well as tax evasion.
Leonhart was known for public spats with the federal government regarding drugs, even rebuking President Barack Obama over his remarks on cannabis. She was apparently furious about the White House’s (and the country’s) new, softer approach to weed.
What do you expect with a Bush nominee? Perhaps this new chief will have a better relationship with President Obama and the millions of wonderful Americans who smoke marijuana. Hopefully this will be the first step to the unraveling of the very disastrous stain on American history that is the War on Drugs.
Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info