Ex-DEA Chiefs Urge Holder Opposition To CA Pot Legalization


A group of every former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose California’s Proposition 19, which would legalize recreational marijuana use, reports MainJustice.com. The measure is a “disaster waiting to happen,” said Peter Bensinger, who headed DEA in the Ford and Carter administrations.

Raymond Bonner, who headed DEA during the George H.W. Bush administration, called the idea that taxing marijuana would help the cash-strapped California a “cruel hoax.” The Justice Department said it was premature to say what it would do if Proposition 19 were enacted. Justice said it would continue to prosecute “significant’ drug traffickers, including marijuana dealers. Some have suggested that the Obama administration could sue to block it under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, as it has filed suit against the Arizona immigration-enforcement law.

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