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Michele Leonhart tells science to take a hike

Bush appointee DEA Head Michele Leonhart flipped a going-away bird at science and the medical marijuana movement by rejecting the formal recommendation of DEA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Mary Ellen Bittner, and refusing to end the government monopoly on marijuana research.
The decision was over 100 pages of dreck dressed up as legal opinion, mostly regurgitating government arguments that had been rejected out of hand by the Administrative Law Judge, and to some extent, casting negative aspersions on the applicant.
This is typical of the drug policy that we’ve come to expect over the past decade (or longer) from our government. Stall, stall, stall, send it through administrative hoops, stall some more, stall, stall, finally be rebuked by a judge, stall, stall, and then when you can stall no more, say “Fuck you. We don’t have to abide by the law. We make it.”
This, from Michele Leonhart, who once famously defended perjured super-snitch working for the DEA thusly:

“The only criticism (of Chambers) I’ve ever heard is what defense attorneys will characterize as perjury or a lie on the stand.”

That’s right – it doesn’t matter if informants lie to get a conviction. It doesn’t matter if the DEA ignores the rule of law and their own administrative judges.
Just keep the drug war going at all costs.
The one consolation – Michele Leonhart will likely be leaving soon, and when she does, just as now, when she puts her own name in Google, the first article she’ll see is mine.

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