As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy will conduct the confirmation hearings for Acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. Ms. Leonhart has been nominated by President Obama to be the new administrator of the DEA.
Please urge Senator Leahy to aggressively question Ms. Leonhart about recent medical marijuana raids.
Over the past two months, the DEA has raided two separate laboratories that happened to run tests on the strength and purity of medical marijuana. There have also been raids on two private cultivators in Colorado and up to 12 private cultivators in Hawaii. To make matters worse, the federal government has assisted local law enforcement in dozens of other raids in California, Colorado, and Michigan.
Let the U.S. Senate know that these actions are unacceptable.
Urge U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy to ask Michele Leonhart tough questions about DEA medical marijuana raids.
I am writing about to ask you to hold Acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart accountable for recent DEA medical marijuana raids. During your confirmation hearings for Ms. Leonhart, please ask her tough questions about these DEA raids.
Over the past two months, the DEA has raided two separate laboratories that tested the strength and purity of medical marijuana, two private cultivators in Colorado, and up to 12 private cultivators in Hawaii. In addition, the federal government has assisted local law enforcement in dozens of other raids in California, Colorado, and Michigan.
Dozens of law enforcement officials spent hundreds of hours preparing for and executing these raids -- at a time when cities, counties, and states are pursuing reasonable regulations on medical marijuana access.
In October 2009, the US Department of Justice issued a new directive ending the Bush Administration policy of aggressively raiding distribution sites. The new policy discouraged the arrest and prosecution of state-law compliant dispensaries.
Recent medical marijuana raids raise questions as to whether or not this new directive is being ignored. Michele Leonhart should be subject to questioning during her confirmation hearings on this matter.
Senator Leahy, please hold Ms. Leonhart accountable. Demand that she explain the DEA's involvement in these actions and how they fit with the DOJ's directive. Give medical cannabis patients a voice during Senate confirmation hearings.