Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jared Polis is Colorado's medical-marijuana man

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

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We're nothing if not in love with documenting all the ways that Rep. Jared Polis fights for sanity, reality and safe-access to medical marijuana. (See: here, and here, and here, and here, and here.)

And he does it again, this time in a conversation with Drug Enforcement administrator Michele Leonhart, who did her best impression of a brain-dead opossum when faced with Polis' straightforward yes-or-no questions like, “Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?”

Her response: "I believe all illegal drugs are bad."

It went on like this for the rest of the session, and it's for this reason that I hereby nominate the Boulder millionaire for the official title of Medical Marijuana Man. I mean, Polis could have asked Leonhart if it's better to be hit or not be hit with a hammer, and received a response akin to, "Hammers are tools, like all tools."

And speaking of tools, here's Politico detailing the administrator's response to another clear-headed representative's questions.

The scene was scarcely different with [Rep. Steve] Cohen asking these questions.

“Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?” he asked.

“As a former police officer, as a 32-year DEA agent, I can tell you that I think marijuana is an insidious drug,” Leonhart replied.

“That’s not the question I asked you, ma’am. Does it cause less damage to the American society and to individuals than meth, crack cocaine and heroin? Does it make people have to kill to get their fix?”

“I can tell you that more teens enter treatment for marijuana.”

Of course, this all comes on the heels of the news that a study conducted by a Denver professor shows that medical-marijuana centers specifically do not increase teen use of cannabis.

"The data included nationally respected surveys of high school behavior, as well as drug test screens from patients entering federally funded drug treatment centers," reports Michael Booth at the Denver Post. "The economists' results found no relation between teen drug use and the availability of medical marijuana in their state."

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