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FLEOA Defends DEA Administrator Leonhart Against the Marijuana Policy Project’s Petition

January 28, 2014  | 

Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its full support for the leader of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and slammed the Marijuana Policy Project's (MPP) petition that calls for President Obama to replace her. According to FLEOA, the pot‐loving MPP group concluded that Administrator Leonhart should be replaced because she allegedly disagreed with comments made by President Obama.

Dismissing the MPP's petition as delusional nonsense, FLEOA National President Jon Adler stated, "Administrator Leonhart is one of the best law enforcement leaders in our country, and she continues to do a commendable job leading the premiere agency that enforces our nation's drug laws." Regarding MPP's petition, Adler added, "So what's next from the MPP? Start a petition to fire all life guards for preventing you from drowning in a stupor?"

Countering the MPP's criticism of Administrator Leonhart, FLEOA pointed to the DEA's impressive record in dismantling drug trafficking organizations and seizing millions of dollars in illicit drug proceeds. FLEOA dismissed the argument that legalizing marijuana will bring tax revenue to our economy. "We do not subscribe to the 'smoke a doobie and balance the budget' economic theory," stated Adler.


The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association ( is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.

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RPG @ 1/28/2014 5:26 PM

Administrator Leonhart is one of the finest law enforcement adminstrators to ever serve. She came up through the ranks and has seen the blight that drugs have waged on our country and on our youth. She knows better than most the danger that the gateway drugs like marijuana pose. It would be a disgrace to every DEA agent in harm's way throughout the world to replace her for purely political reasons to apease a sliver of the country.

USAF Vet @ 1/28/2014 6:15 PM

RPG: by "sliver of the country" are you referring to the approx. 85% of voters who support the legalization of medical marijuana, or the 58% who support legalization for adult recreational use? Please clarify. Thank you.

Parent @ 1/28/2014 7:42 PM

How about hard working parents who have watched a nation in decline glorify and enable vulgar behavior and base culture? It would be sad if now, after all these years, we've become the small "sliver of the country."

BILL JEWELL @ 1/29/2014 7:34 AM

I think the new political norm is not to have LE's that do the right thing by enforcing the drug laws, but if it makes the doper happy lets over look our laws and whatever laws are politically not desired. So if you are a true blue officer you just may get looked down on for enforcing the LAW.

JH @ 2/4/2014 10:56 PM

Cops enforcing laws IS ALWAYS the "right" thing. But the laws that cops enforce are not always "right." What is "right" is subjective. Many people, including a large number of police officers, now believe that viewing and treating drug users and addicts as criminals is not "right." After putting the unscientific "drug war" rhetoric of the 80's to the test, the need for a better way to combat drug addiction is becoming obvious. The shift towards repealing certain drug laws, decriminalization and/or legalization of certain drugs, and a more effective and efficient way to help those affected by drugs and drug use is emerging. Cops will still do the "right" thing, but the new "right" thing will not include viewing the sick sheep of society as wolves. The police officers who choose to remain ignorant will become lost in bitterness and arrogance and will eventually lose the privilege to be in their positions in public SERVICE (by force or choice).

Norm Messer @ 5/15/2014 10:39 PM

1. Cannabis does not fit the criteria for Schedule 1 under the CSA; the regulatory action by DEA placing cannabis in Schedule 1 is contrary to the law passed by Congress that set the criteria.

2. Cannabis use is often a supplement for alcohol use rather than a complement. What this means is that increased cannabis use is associated with decreased alcohol use.

3. Alcohol use has a much stronger association with crime, vehicle accidents, and other societal harms than cannabis use does.

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