Two Democratic congressmen who support medical marijuana pursued almost identical lines of questioning of the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday — and ran into identical stone walls. Reps. Jared Polis and Steve Cohen grilled Michele Leonhart about the dangers of marijuana relative to other illegal drugs, such as heroin and methamphetamine, during a Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. The DEA administrator only frustrated their efforts. “Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?” Polis asked. “I believe all illegal drugs are bad,” Leonhart replied. “Is methamphetamine worse for somebody’s health than marijuana?” “I don’t think any illegal drug is good.” “Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?” “Again, all drugs…” “It’s either ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘I don’t know.’” The scene was scarcely different with Cohen asking these questions. “Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?” he asked. “As a former police officer, as a 32-year DEA agent, I can tell you that I think marijuana is an insidious drug,” Leonhart replied. “That’s not the question I asked you, ma’am. Does it cause less damage to the American society and to individuals than meth, crack cocaine and heroin? Does it make people have to kill to get their fix?” “I can tell you that more teens enter treatment for marijuana.” “Can you answer my question? Answer my question, please.” Neither congressman got the answer they wanted, apparently, before their respective times expired.
via : politico
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