Former DEA Spokesperson Calls Marijuana Their “Cash Cow”

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Former DEA Spokesperson Calls Marijuana Their “Cash Cow”

Former Drug Enforcement Administration spokesperson Belita Nelson recently spoke at the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Colorado and she let some truth fly about why the DEA continues to fight to keep marijuana illegal.

“Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,” she said during her speech.

Nelson left the DEA in 2004 and has been publicly critical of the agency’s stance on marijuana ever since. “{When they hired me} they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement — and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’” she said.

But, according to Nelson, she was having none of it. She says she stormed from the office screaming, “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say.”

This is, of course, no surprise to activists in the cannabis community; the only logical reason the DEA would have to fight legalization is to keep their budgets as big as possible, not to mention all that sweet asset forfeiture loot.

So it’s a reasonable response for those that work at the DEA to want to keep their jobs. The problem lies in the fact that crimes are made of circumstances where no one’s rights are infringed; these “crimes” have to be policed by someone and in the case of marijuana prohibition, that someone is the DEA.

But the DEA is fighting a losing battle; if they won’t give up marijuana prohibition then it must be stripped from them. Either way, cannabis will be legalized.