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Former DEA chiefs put pressure on president to sue state over pot

OLYMPIA — A handful of former DEA chiefs have stepped up to put more pressure on the president and his administration to override the law in Washington state legalizing pot.

On Tuesday, a group of eight former DEA chiefs released a letter asking the U.S. Attorney to sue the state over its decision to proceed with legal, recreational use of pot.

“This is an issue that needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed now,” said former DEA administrator Peter Besinger.

Marijuana is still illegal federally. Besinger said he is worried about the effect it could have on our state.

“If you make it available for recreational use, they`re going to use it so this is a big big challenge for Washington,” Besinger said. “This is going to be a disaster if this is allowed to be implemented.”

Bensinger is accusing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder of dragging his feet on the issue.

Holder hasn’t  yet said what he’ll do about Washington’s pot law, but if he decides to sue, he’ll get a fight. Washington State Attorney General bob Ferguson said his staff is already planning for a court battle.

“We hope to avoid a costly, legal battle, but we’re ready in the state of Washington if it comes to that,” Ferguson said.

Dante Jones, who owns Green Ambrosia in Ballard, said he’s still moving forward to change his medical marijuana dispensary into a full service pot retailer when the state’s rules go into effect next year.

“I’m in some ways excited because they (the former DEA chiefs) are realizing that the war on drugs that they’ve been fighting and hoisting on us for the the last 30-40 years, is finally at an end and marijuana is about to be taken out of it.”

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8 Comments to “Former DEA chiefs put pressure on president to sue state over pot”

    dave said:
    March 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Hell yeah! We will fight! The people have voted! That is it ! END the war on marijuana! NOW!!!!!

      dave101sport said:
      March 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      just because you voted dont mean crap, look at CA and prop 8!

    Esco said:
    March 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Sour Grapes.

    The people have spoken. Get over it..

    NAVYTOWN said:
    March 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    This all boils down to MONEY!! The DEA is afraid they will lose funding and manpower if the marijuana bugaboo is taken out of the equation. The DEA wants to expand it's turf and power, not diminish it.
    There are powerful vested interests who want marijuana to stay illegal.

    Mr Holmes said:
    March 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Some Former Jackwagon's testimony is irellivent, imaterial, leading and sugestive, utterly incompitent, argumentative. Who does he think he is ? Marijuana being criminalized is a joke, and so is that 5ng BS for level of intoxication impairment. Other then that , over the centuries people have consistantly smoked, consumed, and used the plants properties to make other sources of energy and materials. Its all about whos hands the Money is going into. So put something in his mouth my zipper's stuck.

    Monoxide said:
    March 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    The President has enough pressure, better things to focus on.

    Go bug the drunks & alcohol industry, they're more of a threat to society..

      SidTurner said:
      March 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Yeah, cuz all you potheads are too lazy to be a real threat.

      Except for the fact that you all sponge off society because you're too lazy to actually work. :)

    Steve said:
    March 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Some of us are disabled veterans and using marijuana allows us to function without nasty side effects, liver damage, mood swings and wanting to kick the living sh.. out of jerks that don't understand that

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