Ex-DEA heads urge Holder oppose marijuana ballots

Friday, September 7, 2012

holderNine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance. The former officials said that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law, indicating there would be a clash between the states and the federal government on the issue. Voters in Colorado, Washington state and Oregon are due to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use and to regulate and tax its sale.