DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, Won't Answer Whether Crack, Heroin Are Worse For Health Than Marijuana (VIDEO)
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012
- Written by THCbiz Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, dodged a tough line of repepated questioning from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday, refusing to answer a number of questions about the comparative health impacts of marijuana and other, harder drugs.
Leonhart was testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Polis, a top congressional advocate for marijuana law reform, took the opportunity to grill the DEA administrator on some specifics about marijuana, which has been decriminalized in some parts of his state and legalized for medical purposes in the rest.
“Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?” Polis asked Leonhart.
“I believe all illegal drugs are bad,” Leonhart answered.
“Yes, no, or I don’t know?” Polis said. “If you don’t know, you can look this up. You should know this as the chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency. I’m asking a very straightforward question: Is heroin worse for someone's health than marijuana?”
Leonhart dodged again taking a gasp for air, repeating, "All illegal drugs are bad."