"All Illegal Drugs Are Bad," Mmkay?
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Michele Leonhart – recently testified before Congress and in an exchange with Democratic Congressman Jared Polis (CO), her discomfort and inability not to seem like an idiot are evident.
She is desperate not to have to admit that things like meth and heroin are worse for your health than marijuana – one has to wonder whether she is even allowed to say that and keep her job – and she resorts to incoherent babbling and repetition.
As you watch her abysmal performance, keep in mind she has tremendous power, especially over medical marijuana. And since she’s obviously not stupid, that means she’s just flat out lying and spreading propaganda. Deceitful people are much more dangerous than stupid ones.
Michele Leonhart knows full well what her actions cause, and she proceeds anyway. She knows she looked like an idiot in front of Congress, but wants to keep her lucrative job. She knows what side her “bread is buttered on” as the old saying goes.
Without marijuana prohibition the DEA budget will take a huge hit, as her salary might as well. Some of her buddies might lose their jobs. Or even worse for her, her bosses could decide that without a war on marijuana users, the DEA is no longer needed.
Marijuana vendor booth accepted, then rejected at Athens music festival
ATHENS, Alabama --
A group promoting the medicinal values of marijuana won't be allowed to set up a vendor booth at a Saturday music festival, according to the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.
Jeanette Dunnavant, president of the tourism association, said today she first accepted the application from theAlabama Medical Marijuana Coalition to have a booth at theDelmore Days Music Festival, set for Saturday on the campus of Athens State University.
But Dunnavant said she didn't immediately realize the organization she had accepted was promoting marijuana use.
Dunnavant said she accepts each application that comes in unless she had already informed an organization they would not be accepted. Dunnavant also said the coalition did not meet festival standards of having items to sell.
"Their application misled me. They were not selling anything. They were giving away t-shirts and bracelets and we do require that you sell items. You cannot give away anything but information.
"I just took it that they were a regular vendor selling t-shirts and bracelets. Then when it was brought to my attention that it was the marijuana coalition, I determined at that point, after numerous phone calls, that it was not in the best interest of our festival to allow them to participate this year."
The tourism association cashed the check from the marijuana coalition before rejecting their application. Dunnavant said the money would be refunded along with a letter of apology.
Ron Crumpton, executive director of the coalition, said the group sent $45 to take part in the festival and that it had not yet received reimbursement.
The marijuana coalition would be an "inappropriate" vendor to have at Delmore Days, which caters to senior citizens, Dunnavant said. But the marijuana coalition has support from senior citizens as well, according Crumpton.
"Old people are where our money comes from," Crumpton said. "It's not a bunch of young people wanting to get high. They're not saying 'no' to us, they're saying 'no' to sick people."
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