Acting Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg was on a conference call yesterday when he admitted that heroin probably is more dangerous than marijuana and that his agents won’t be making marijuana enforcement a top priority, but that he won’t completely order them off the effort. The comments were as far Rosenberg went in possibly endorsing the legalization of cannabis.
During the call, Rosenberg said, “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert. Let me say it this way: I’d rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour, but I’d prefer not to be in a car accident at all… we are not going to shy away from doing marijuana cases where appropriate. We want to do the biggest and most important cases there are. Typically it’s heroin, opioids, meth and cocaine in roughly that order and marijuana tends to come in at the back of the pack.”
The comments were looked at as far cry from his predecessor, Michele Leonhart, who had compared marijuana to crack cocaine or heroin. According to an article in US News, Rosenberg, a former prosecutor, isn’t known for his stance on drug reform and in fact is said to be somewhat of a mystery. Political experts also went on to say that yesterday’s comments were in no way an endorsement of marijuana.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., was satisfied with Rosenberg’s comments, saying, “That’s a great improvement over the previous administrator who was incapable of distinguishing heroin from marijuana. The real question that one day will be asked and correctly answered is: Is marijuana a more dangerous drug than alcohol?”