The octet of drug warriors simultaneously criticized the Obama administration for failing to prevent the states from attempting to enact their respective recreational pot laws, as well as potentially paving the way for other states to legalize marijuana.
Peter Bensinger, one of the eight ex-DEA chiefs behind this latest assault on states' rights regarding legal pot, told the Associated Press: “My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing … If they don't act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.”
Bensinger, who served under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, fully maintains that federal law prohibiting cannabis trumps any state law and added with overblown indignity: “It is outrageous that a lawsuit hasn't been filed in federal court yet.”
In addition to the ex-DEA chiefs’ rebuke of Obama, the United Nations also officially urged the feds to challenge the Washington and Colorado laws Tuesday – increasing the pressure on the administration to take a strong stance against legal pot.
The International Narcotics Control Board, the agency charged with implementing and overseeing enforcement of UN drug treaties, declared that legal recreational pot laws violate such treaties.
In its annual drug report released Tuesday, the board calls on the U.S. to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”
The Dept of Justice, lead by often embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, has promised an announcement of the federal government's official position regarding legal recreational pot will be issued soon, as the increasing anti-cannabis interests continue to pressure the White House.