Wanted: A DEA top cop who doesn’t blow our money on pot | NJ.Com Editorial

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Good riddance to Michele Leonhart, chief of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, on her very timely retirement. Not because of the prostitute parties paid for by local drug cartels, though that was handled badly — the DEA agents who admitted to participating were suspended for only a few days, not fired.

Leonhart says she isn’t permitted to do anything more under civil service laws, not even recommend their firing. Is that ridiculous? Absolutely. But not necessarily her fault.

No, the real reason we’re glad to see this longtime DEA administration official go is her antiquated and unreasonable views on marijuana. We don’t need our nation’s top drug enforcement officer to be wasting any more taxpayer dollars on totally pointless pot prosecutions.

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Expected To Resign

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is expected to resign soon, a senior administration official tells CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante.

Leonhart, who was confirmed to her position in December 2010 but has served in an acting capacity since November 2007, has presided over an agency that has been plagued by scandal in recent years. Just last month, a damning report from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that several DEA agents had engaged in “sex parties” with prostitutes paid for by Colombian drug cartels.

The agency also dragged its feet and withheld or redacted information during the investigation, the report said, so investigators do not know the full extent of the sexual misconduct.

DEA Seizes Kentucky’s Hemp Seeds Despite Congressional Legalization

KENTUCKY: The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized a batch of seeds that were intended to be part of the launch of Kentucky’s legal hemp industry following congressional legalization of the crop for research purposes.

The DEA has offered a wide variety of explanations to Kentucky officials perplexed at the seizure. “They’re interpreting the law a hundred different ways,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R) told HuffPost. “The only way they’re not interpreting it is the way it actually reads.”

Comer said that he met with Kentucky Sens. Mitch McConnell (R) and Rand Paul (R) this past weekend and relayed to them the DEA’s claim that it was simply following the intent of the recently passed farm bill, which includes a passage championed by McConnell that allows colleges and state departments of agriculture to cultivate hemp for research purposes.

“They were just appalled, because Senator McConnell was the author of the language,” Comer said. “He knows exactly what the congressional intent of the law was.”

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to “fight harder,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday.

Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting with a law enforcement organization, suggested during testimony Wednesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana. [Read more…]