U.S.: DEA Chief Says Marijuana Is Dangerous, Should Stay In Schedule I


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

New federal Drug Enforcement Administration head Chuck Rosenberg in a TV interview last week called marijuana "dangerous" and added, "If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven't."

The woefully misinformed DEA administrator also said that federal drug agents in the field won't be discouraged from working on big marijuana cases, despite directives from the Obama Administration to not waste resources pursuing state-compliant providers, reports James Rosen at Fox News.

"I've been very clear to my agents in charge," Rosenberg said. "If you have a big marijuana case, if that in your jurisdiction is one of your biggest problems, then bring it." That, of course, leaves the door open for pot-hating federal prosecutors to continue their war on marijuana, same as it ever was.

Fox News asked Rosenberg about the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I, the federal government's harshest and most dangerous category of narcotics. "Marijuana is dangerous," Rosenberg replied.

"It's certainly not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances; it's not as dangerous as heroin, clearly, but it's still dangerous," Rosenberg claimed. "It's not good for you. I wouldn't want my children smoking it. I wouldn't recommend that anyone do it. So I frankly don't see a reason to remove it."

"I'm not willing to say that it's good for you, or that it ought to be legalized," Rosenberg said. "I think it's bad for you and that it ought to remain illegal." He failed, of course, to adequately explain why it's so dangerous that it ought to continue being considered the legal equivalent of heroin, and more dangerous, according to the federal government, than both methamphetamine and cocaine (both of which the feds consider less dangerous Schedule II substances).

When asked if U.S. law enforcement is aware of the location of Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán, also known as “El Chapo,” who is one of the world's most notorious kingpins and is now at large, Rosenberg responded, "Not that I can share with you."

Asked if there's one single sector of the Mexican government that is free of drug cartel corruption, Rosenberg answered, "I don't know. I would hope so. He later cited Mexican agents who worked with DEA operatives and called them "good and trusted allies," saying their existence shows "pockets" of integrity within the Mexican drug enforcement system.

Photo of DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg: Charles Dharapak/AP