Ex-Drug Law Enforcers say Legalizing Pot Would Threaten Public Safety


Former federal drug-law enforcers jointed a conference call pressuring Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose marijuana-legalization measures on the ballot in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, reports the Huffington Post. Critics said passage of the propositions could trigger a “Constitutional showdown.” Former Drug Enforcement Administration chief Peter Bensinger said, “Legalizing marijuana threatens public health and safety. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, drug driving arrests, accidents, and drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed. Drug treatment admissions are up and the number of teens using this gateway drug is up dramatically.”

Other speakers included former federal drug czars William Bennett and John Walters, Chief Richard Beary of the International Association of Chiefs of Police ; and Dr. Robert DuPont, founding director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In response, Mason Tvert of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group behind Colorado’s Amendment 64, said those on the call “ave made a living off marijuana prohibition and the laws that keep this relatively benign substance illegal. The nation wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and people like Bill Bennett and John Walters are among the biggest cheerleaders for wasting billions more.”

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