Freaked-Out DEA Chief Gets Choked Up, Admits Marijuana Legalization ‘Scares Us’

(Photo of DEA chief of operations James Capra: The Raw Story)

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief of operations on Wednesday gave some freaked-out, emotional testimony at a Senate hearing, admitting that marijuana legalization “scares us.”

“I have to say this … going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible,” said James L. Capra, reports Eric W. Dolan at The Raw Story. “I’m talking about the long-term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us.”

“Every part of the world where this has been tried, it has failed time and time again,” Capra lied. (Cannabis legalization hasn’t “been tried” anywhere since the Single Convention Treaty on Narcotic Drugs in 1961).

“The idea somehow … that this is somehow good for us as a nation, that this is good for the next generation coming up is wrong,” Capra sputtered. “It’s a bad thing, and this body will get its door knocked on 10 years from now and say, ‘How did we get where we got?’

” Capra said that when he attended an international “drug control” conference in Moscow, foreign officials wanted to know why the U.S. was scaling back its war on weed.

“Almost everyone looked at us and said: Why are you doing this, you’re pointing a finger at us as a source state,” Capra claimed. “I have no answer for them,” he intoned dramatically. “I don’t have an answer for them.”

The chief of operations said DEA agents watched the early days of legal marijuana sales in Colorado with dismay (that almost makes me want to re-watch the footage so I can enjoy it again).

Apologizing for his “excitement,” (maybe he had too many cups of coffee that morning), Capra insisted marijuana legalization was a “bad, bad experiment” for the United States. “It’s going to cost us in terms of social costs,” the inarticulate chief stammered, reports Ernesto Londoño at The Washington Post.

Evidently moved by his own testimony, Capra got theatrically choked up as he described how people think federal drug agents are concerned with small marijuana possession cases. He claimed the DEA is only concerned with drug traffickers.

“I’ve never arrested an addict,” he claimed, again apologizing for his “excitement.”

A deeply clueless Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) then said she agreed with Capra because marijuana is a “gateway drug.” It’s disquieting to know the Senator from California is just as dumb about weed as the DEA’s chief of operations.

Freaked-Out DEA Chief Gets Choked Up, Admits Marijuana Legalization ‘Scares Us’ 

Article by Steve Elliott for Hemp News