Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Democratic Congressman Jarel Polis Schools DEA Agent Over Marijuana During Congressional Hearing
DEA official can't answer the questions: Are crack cocaine, heroin, and meth worse than marijuana?
From Andrew Kirwell in Mediaite.com: "Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) made drug reformers proud on Wednesday when he went after Drug Enforcement Administration official Michele Leonhart during a hearing on DEA oversight. Polis refused to allow Leonhart to get away with half-answering questions about the relative health impact of marijuana versus other drugs.
Rep. Polis is an outspoken advocate of marijuana legalization (last year, he proposed a deficit-reduction plan that involved legalizing and taxing weed). During the hearing, he sought to make Leonhart concede that other Schedule I narcotics are much worse than marijuana — a point drug reformers often use to make the case that pot shouldn’t be classified with drugs like heroin and meth."