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DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level
Washington Post ^ | 01/20/2014

Posted on 01/20/2014 3:45:55 AM PST by Wolfie

DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level

The chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday called the legalization of marijuana at the state level “reckless and irresponsible,” warning that the movement to decriminalize the sale of pot in the United States will have severe consequences.

Capra’s comments marked the DEA’s most public and pointed criticism of the movement toward decriminalization in several states, where local officials see it as an opportunity to generate tax revenue and boost tourism.

“It scares us,” James L. Capra said, responding to a question from a senator during a hearing focused on drug cultivation in Afghanistan. “Every part of the world where this has been tried, it has failed time and time again.”

Capra’s comments marked the DEA’s most public and pointed criticism of the movement toward decriminalization in several states, where local officials see it as an opportunity to generate tax revenue and boost tourism.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California; US: Colorado; US: Michigan; US: Washington
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There's nothing like a government toadie in fear for his job.
1 posted on 01/20/2014 3:45:56 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Did he clear his comments with Obama? He might find that Dear Leader doesn’t see the problem.


2 posted on 01/20/2014 3:51:39 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Wolfie

Let him decry. It isn’t the government’s business.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 3:55:02 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Wolfie

So true. His job(and agency) shouldn’t exist.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 3:55:10 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Wolfie

Surprisingly to me, every psych text, all liberal evolutionary pro-homosexuality and pedophilia bunch of them, are against the use of marijuana.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 3:56:21 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: Wolfie
I am not a constitutional lawyer, or even a community organizer, so I need some help here.

It is my understanding that the US federal government is a creation of the sovereign states. So, how does a federal government employee get off being critical of the policies of one of the sovereign states?

Perhaps he is fearful that, if drugs are legalized, he will be out of a job?

6 posted on 01/20/2014 4:02:29 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Wolfie

I do agree with him. If it is to be legalized it has to be on a national level, and I could only support that if we had a good test for level of impairment for driving. To the best of my knowledge the only test we have will tell if someone has smoked it in the last 2 weeks. So, if someone smokes they can’t drive for 2 weeks? That is not workable.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 4:06:22 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: Wolfie

Suddenly, for the Feds, unemployment is a problem.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 4:08:47 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Wolfie

Obama is pro-legalization, so I’d say this guy is actually pretty brave.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 4:13:04 AM PST by livius
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To: Wolfie

The roots of the DEA are in the end of alcohol prohibition.

Gotta find jobs for those warm federal bodies!


10 posted on 01/20/2014 4:14:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: livius

Really? Which bill for legalization is he supporting?


11 posted on 01/20/2014 4:17:49 AM PST by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Wolfie

This was my first thought on seeing this.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 4:19:50 AM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Travis McGee

The war on drugs is a good thing. It shows there is shred of morality left in the USA and that some things are wrong. This message is especially aimed at our kids. Ask any pot head if they want their teenager doing bong hits before school if pot is so benign.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 4:19:51 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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It’ll take a while, but it will be interesting to see how things work out in the pro-hemp states.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 4:20:03 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Wolfie

The way I see it, if a state can invalidate Federal law and get away with it, anything becomes “fair game”.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 4:20:54 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: huldah1776

And every study indicates tobacco consumption is unhealthy and should be avoided, but yet the federal government has only regulated its use instead of banning it.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 4:21:33 AM PST by Turtlepower
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To: Wolfie

People who support legalization of marijuana should be working at the federal level, because of the way the feds do things. Most of the time if feds find small quantities of pot (sometimes what they consider small is less than 300 pounds!) person is turned over to state or county for prosecution so that person is not subject to mandatory minimums of fed drug laws.

If marijuana is legal at the state level and illegal at the federal level and the feds catch you with even a small amount and have no one to turn you over to I imagine many more people will be subject to federal drug prosecution.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 4:23:14 AM PST by Tammy8
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To: central_va

I don’t think it’s benign. I just don’t believe this DEA guy’s crocodile tears.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 4:25:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Wolfie

The DEA (TSA, DHS, EPA, ...) needs to go away. There’s nothing in the Constitution about their existence or authority.


19 posted on 01/20/2014 4:26:43 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: logic101.net

Testing is a big “unintended consequence.” A urine test can only tell if you have smoked in the past weeks. They need to draw blood to test if an impaired driver is actually high. So expect lots more needles from paramedics and cops, and this will be abused to give an excuse to jab folks the cops don’t like, like the recent forced anal exams in hospitals.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 4:27:53 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I’ve known alcoholics and I have know pot heads. Both types are pathetic. But there is something really insidiously bad about how pot destroys motivation, especially in young people. Alcohol while bad in other ways punishes the abuser, at least at first, with a hangover. I guess this is pathetic logic but that is how i see it.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 4:30:40 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Have you ever heard of the Tenth Amendment?


22 posted on 01/20/2014 4:38:34 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Wolfie

Hopefully the nation’s potheads will all relocate to CO & WA.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 4:41:22 AM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Ken H
Have you ever heard of the Tenth Amendment?

Yes, the SCOTUS should find it(most federal laws) unconstitutional. But the SCOTUS is a joke. It is the lamest branch of government by far thru out US history.

24 posted on 01/20/2014 4:44:07 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Yes, the SCOTUS should find it(most federal laws) unconstitutional. But the SCOTUS is a joke. It is the lamest branch of government by far thru out US history.

So why did you say the war on drugs is a 'good thing'?

25 posted on 01/20/2014 4:47:21 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H
So why did you say the war on drugs is a 'good thing'?

The concept of strong anti drug law enforcement is a good thing. Whether it is the Federal or State enforcing is a different matter.

26 posted on 01/20/2014 4:49:30 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Wolfie

Let them inhale for all I care, at least hippies on weed are calm and stupid not all hyped up like on crack or meth. However, hospitals, airlines, judiciary etc will need to require no substances including pot or things could get weird.

The best part is these overbearing LEOs can stop picking on kids about the wacky weed, wasting billions of dollars and tagging young people before they get started.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 5:06:04 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: central_va

I am surprised at all the anti-marijuana sentiment here at FR. Live and live. Like almost anything, marijuana is fine in moderation. Does it undermine motivation in young people? Its possible.
Or perhaps unmotivated misfits are drawn to the weed smoking crowd in search of fellowship. Who knows? In any case, we dont want swat teams smashing into houses, people buying weed in slums, getting pulled into the criminal justice system.
Even me, your old Pappy, has been known to sit out back in a nice sunny spot with my dogs, listen to some good old-time hillbilly music, and smoke a little weed. It aint no ones business.


28 posted on 01/20/2014 5:13:11 AM PST by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: central_va

The war on drugs is a good thing. It shows there is shred of morality left in the USA and that some things are wrong.

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Exactly, why should a state be able to enact its own laws when the US Constitution is mute on the topic?


29 posted on 01/20/2014 5:13:12 AM PST by dmz
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To: dmz
Exactly, why should a state be able to enact its own laws when the US Constitution is mute on the topic?

They should be allowed to.

30 posted on 01/20/2014 5:14:37 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Caipirabob

Like abortion?


31 posted on 01/20/2014 5:15:25 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: olepap

Do your kids get high?


32 posted on 01/20/2014 5:16:09 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Wolfie

In my youth, I have taken EVERY drug available with the exception of the ones involving needles, I have smoked,snorted,drank and eaten all the others. With the exception of LSD, all the drugs I have taken, GOD MADE. Mushrooms,Opium,Peyote,Weed.....By Far the most DANGEROUS DRUG I ever took was and is ALCOHOL, there simply is no comparison as to the destruction caused. Alcohol is the only drug that should be illegal, This is from Personal Experience, and if you ask anyone that has experimented with drugs, they will ALL SAY THE SAME THING. Everybody I know that is honest swears that Alcohol is the most Dangerous Drug ever unleashed on the people, and so do I.

If GOD Made it, what right does Man have declaring it Illegal??


33 posted on 01/20/2014 5:22:34 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: olepap

The thing I find interesting about this debate is that conservatives take a position on guns that making them illegal will not reduce gun violence or reduce the number of criminals with guns. On the other hand, the same folks will argue that keeping pot illegal will somehow keep it out of kids hands or somehow be effective. The only real difference I see between legal and illegal in both cases is whether the distribution mechanism is above board or criminal black market.

Marijuana is a plant. Should Valerian plants be illegal since you can make Valium with them? Ginseng?


34 posted on 01/20/2014 5:24:39 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: IamConservative
The only real difference I see between legal and illegal in both cases is whether the distribution mechanism is above board or criminal black market.

Your comparing an intoxicant to a hunk of metal and finding no difference?

35 posted on 01/20/2014 5:26:32 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: eyeamok

Since God made it, why shouldn’t it be consumed in its God-given strength without additives or cultivation techniques to increase its effects?


36 posted on 01/20/2014 5:29:09 AM PST by grania
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To: eyeamok

When pot becomes universally legal do you mind if I sell some to your kids for side money?


37 posted on 01/20/2014 5:30:30 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Travis McGee

And a convenient excuse to build that DNA database in Utah. You don’t think they’ll pass up the opportunity to save your DNA profile when they draw blood or do a cheek swab do you?


38 posted on 01/20/2014 5:38:08 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: logic101.net

nobody gets impaired by pot for driving—it’s the alchies that get impaired


39 posted on 01/20/2014 5:39:45 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: logic101.net

Back in the day before cops all had breathalyzers they used to give field sobriety tests. Different people become impaired at different levels anyway, so why not test directly to see if they are impaired or not?


40 posted on 01/20/2014 5:46:54 AM PST by Hugin
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To: central_va

Kids get high, legal or illegal. So do adults, including the glorified sports millionaires and likely a lot of folks who are held up as examples,here, just because they haven’t been seen in the act. In other social venues, that same example is likely more acceptable for smoking or having smoked.

Back in the day,the late 50s-early 60’s, before all the hype and hippies, people with a lot of money got it from their house servants and people with no money got it from whomever had it.

I remember my father, born in 1917, telling us that the pot available in the Sixties was garbage compared to what he personally had experienced in the 1930s.

So, for decades and decades, you have been on the road with pot smokers, listened to the music of pot smokers, used the technology created by pot smokers, read the books written by pot smokers, and probably seen an MD, an attorney or even a cop who occasionally used pot. The only difference I see now is that it is more open and outrageously expensive, both the legal and illegal variety. Most is not adulterated because most of the market wouldn’t buy adulterated. As for stronger: if its stronger, people smoke less to get the desired effect.

Most people take it or leave it. I remember 30 years when someone asked a Dutch exchange student about smoking pot in Holland. That particular student just looked at the older hippie and asked: “Why would anyone want to?” Just that student’s personal opinion.

Prohibition failed. Pot prohibition is failing. Compared to the other problems in this country/world, legal marijuana is nothing at all. There appears to be something to the argument that keeping pot illegal is just another way to make criminals of everyone.

Of course, making it legal also turns everyone using it into a tax slave.

Neither side will win this if it is seen as a war. Probably at some point, there will be all different strengths and flavors available, some at high prices, some at low. Pot prohibitioners will be seen as quaint, like alcohol prohibitionists.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 5:51:33 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: central_va

Sure, but if you furnish them ALCOHOL, I will at your doorstep in no time at all.


42 posted on 01/20/2014 5:53:36 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: reformedliberal

Ok, when/if it is legal, it is OK with you for me to grow and sell pot to your kids. Check.


43 posted on 01/20/2014 6:04:38 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: livius
"Obama is pro-legalization..."

Now how could that be??

It's a proven fact that smoking marijuana makes a person stupid, and stupid people vote Democrat, so that explains it.

44 posted on 01/20/2014 6:09:18 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: central_va

No, my kids don’t smoke (anything) or drink.


45 posted on 01/20/2014 6:10:19 AM PST by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: grania

Since God made it, why shouldn’t it be consumed in its God-given strength without additives or cultivation techniques to increase its effects?

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KInd of a funny argument. There are likely no plants that you consume for food that have not been altered through cultivation and selection.


46 posted on 01/20/2014 6:11:56 AM PST by dmz
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To: central_va

It won’t be legal for minors, just like alcohol.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 6:27:07 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Reading a news report, I was struck by a head of state’s use of the adjective “THOSE United States” instead of “THE United States.”

We, as a country, are individual States with State’s Rights, that have united together for a common good — as identified by those States.

No State would have ever joined a Union that would have envisioned that Union to usurp their rights and create an entity that would eliminate their independence and dictate (become a dictator) over them — any more than a man or woman would in a marriage.

The key issue is an out of control federal government that needs to be restrained (much like an abusive husband) which is why Retraining Orders and the Constitution exist.

State’s Rights cannot be usurped in this Union (marriage, if you will) unless you also support abdication of individual rights which will be guaranteed to shortly follow.


48 posted on 01/20/2014 6:29:00 AM PST by Ex-Pat in Mex
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To: Former Proud Canadian
It is my understanding that the US federal government is a creation of the sovereign states. So, how does a federal government employee get off being critical of the policies of one of the sovereign states?

You do realize that in this respect the States would need to erect fences with border guards to enforce differences in drug laws. Is that what you are advocating?

49 posted on 01/20/2014 6:32:42 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: dmz
The plants I consume are altered to increase nutrition, not to make me high. FWIW, I do try to avoid genetically altered foods.

It's a legitimate argument. Tobacco wouldn't be as bad as it is if it weren't for all of the chemical additives. What do you think corporate America and the feds, hand and hand, are going to do to marijuana?

I'm anti-drug (legal or illegal) and can't figure out why marijuana users want marijuana to be legal. Legal means controlled and taxed. Legal means accepting the fed's authority. And one of my main concerns....legal means worse stuff will become acceptable to those who live just a little bit outside the laws.

I suspect the puppet masters are behind this push for the legalization of marijuana. Have to replace the declining taxes and profits tobacco used to provide. A mellowed-out population will have Grateful Dead type gatherings, but won't get active to change the world. They'll be even more dependent on the government. It'll be a way to get people to pay for their "meds" instead of being provided with pharmaceutical mind-altering poisons.

Soon marijuana will be legal, but growing your own will still be illegal, only the government will pursue with a vengence those growing their own because it's costing taxes and profits.

If I wanted something out of the government's control, I'd prefer to have it ignored, not legalized and controlled.

50 posted on 01/20/2014 6:41:45 AM PST by grania
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