New DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg must be choosing his words very carefully. It’s either that or one of the head of drug policy enforcement in this country knows less about drugs than most eighth graders.

While speaking about marijuana in a conference call Tuesday, Rosenberg said, “Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert.”

To his already bizarre and wishy-washy answer, he added this confusing metaphor: “Let me say it this way I’d rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour, but I’d prefer not to be in a car accident at all.”

The amazing part is that this is actually an improvement over Rosenberg’s predecessor Michele Leonhart, who called marijuana “insidious” and was said to have been appalled by the Obama administrations lax attitude toward marijuana enforcement.

When the question of priorities for the DEA came up Tuesday, Rosenberg said he’s told the troupes, “we are not going to shy away from doing marijuana cases where appropriate,” but that they will “focus their efforts and the resources of the DEA on the most important cases in their jurisdictions, and by and large what they are telling me is that the most important cases in their jurisdictions are opioids and heroin.”

How exactly a case gets deemed “most important” is unclear. There certainly aren’t any shortage of marijuana operations in the country. There are even ones that advertise and register with the government. Though Rosenberg says he isn’t telling his men and women to ignore marijuana because it doesn’t have anything like as many downsides as hard drugs, somebody (or perhaps a lot of people) are clearly coming to that conclusion on their own. Maybe it’s even coming from Chuckie himself.

So, don’t go judging books by their first spineless and idiotic covers. Could be Rosenberg’s just real good at hiding the DEA’s slide in to 420-friendliness.


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