Dear Mr. President
Denver DEA in Charge, Jeffrey Sweetin says "Technically, every dispensary in the State [ ] is in blatant violation of federal law." "The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building, and we arrest everybody. They're violating federal law; they're at risk of arrest and imprisonment." [per AP, Denver Post, and the , pg. 1 , 2/14/2010].
This is in direct contradiction to your campaign promise, your "Holder Memo," and the . This hypocrisy is not the government behavior that we demand of our elected leaders. A bit of consistent honesty should be a reasonable voter expectation.
SAC Sweetin has forgotten for whom he works, and requires an appropriate public reminder, whether that is a transfer, a public reprimand or a firing. His personal, incorrect belief, that "marijuana is not medicine" is ill-informed, and irrelevant to his job description, unless he insists on bringing his personal unscientific bias into his job, blatantly disregarding his office, his , and the Constitutions of Colorado and of the United States. As a part of the Executive Branch of our government, I believe that he works for you, Sir.
Thank you for your time and happy Valentine's Day.
Leonard I. Frieling
Monday, February 15, 2010
Colorado DEA Sweetin Must Be Disciplined Immediately and Publicly - Frieling
Responding to news reports from Colorado regarding the DEA's attempts to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal under Colorado state law and especially to the comments from Denver's DEA
Special Agent in Charge, Jeffrey Sweetin (who appears to have a history of inappropriate actions when it comes to marijuana policy), Leonard Frieling, a LEAP speaker, sent the following letter to President Obama yesterday. It is posted with his permission. He encourages others to express their concerns as well.