Supposedly resigning, hopefully we will find that she was sacked as Drug Enforcement Agency head by the president who should have never appointed her. We will report further as more details of her “resignation” become known.
She has been petulant and petty for years, dismissing medical cannabis or any drug reform, but amassing ever-larger DEA budgets. Her disservices to her country are many, from successfully stifled nearly all research into medical marijuana, to fighting tooth and nail against hemp. This latter obstruction, in the spring of 2014, finally brought on the ire of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, as she defied his efforts to get hemp planted in Kentucky.
Michele Leonhart dissed the president who idiotically appointed her. In 2014, Obama correctly pointed out that marijuana is safer than alcohol. Leonhart was quick to criticize her boss and his views, again demonizing cannabis while giving alcohol a free ride. Ludicrously, she mourned when an American flag made of hemp once more flew over the US capitol a couple of years ago.
Finally the DEA sex scandal, featuring agents’ undercover activities with cartel prostitutes, taxpayer paid rooms, and thuggish guards has done what her administrative idiocy and evil had not. This and DEA head’s total lack of any response, along with a disastrous congressional committee hearing on the subject, has finally brought a dismal end to her obstructive career.
With whom President Obama replaces the disgraced Leonhart will be telling. Since the outed administrator held beliefs diametrically opposite of those expressed by Obama, he now has an opportunity to reboot. The virulently anti-medical marijuana and anti-hemp Leonhart is the perfect example of politics coming before science, certainly before compassion. The scandal-plagued collapse of her bureaucratic regime is a fitting end. The president should use this opportunity to appoint a true leader to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. This leader should then fundamentally change this rogue agency, and hopefully oversee its down-sizing, with the end of the war on drugs. Here is a great place to save $27 billion dollars a year direct savings!
The next DEA administrator will have the power to reschedule cannabis down from the draconian Schedule I.
The president, attorney general and DEA administrator can all change drug schedules. Should Obama nominate a truly good choice, a person who sees the evils caused by the war on drugs, he or she would naturally initiate a change from the current totally obstructive and unjust Schedule I.
If, in the unlikely event that President Obama would solicit my suggestion for new DEA administrator, I would select someone from LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.