Anti-Pot DEA Chief to Resign

Officials say that, after receiving a vote of "no confidence" from the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee, embattled DEA chief Michele Leonhart is expected to step down.


Leonhart had been tapped by President George W. Bush to run the agency in November 2007, but her reign has been plagued by various scandals including an inspector general report that discovered DEA agents were having parties in Colombia with sex workers paid for by drug cartels. Earlier this month, Alternet's Phillip Smith provided a short list Leonhart controversies which included six open investigations for, "the massacre of civilians in Honduras, the use of NSA data to both spy on virtually all Americans and to systematically fabricate evidence, and controversial uses of confidential informants." 

Leonhart has received consistent criticism for her drug policies, often overruling the DEA’s own judges on medical that relate to marijuana. She has angered the administration for continuing to resist federal laws which have relaxed the penalties on pot. 

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