Former DEA head Peter Bensinger and the seven other DEA top heads slammed the Obama administration for not taking steps to dismantle the movement before states make cannabis legal. “My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing,” Bensinger told AP. “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.”
Bensigner wants the U.S. Government to sue Colorado and Washington and destroy both sates laws legalizing cannabis. If not, he believes “a domino effect” will commence, and similar laws will spread to other states.
“This is a no-brainer,” Besinger said. “It is outrageous that a lawsuit hasn’t been filed in federal court yet.”
Last week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held a meeting with state attorney generals, telling them he is finishing his review of the new laws and will soon issue a statement on the matter. Holder spokeswoman Allison Price was cagey with the AP, “The Department of Justice is in the process of reviewing those initiatives.”
Along with Besinger, the other seven DEA heads include John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall and Francis Mullen.
Holder testified today at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.