Short answer: It’s easy. Real investigation of real crime is hard work, and dangerous. Why bother, when a marijuana arrest gets a cop as much credit as nailing a serious criminal?
On February 23, 2012, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a former D.C. prosecutor, and the chief law enforcement officer in the U.S., complained that prosecuting the banking executives who caused the 2008 global financial crisis and subsequent deep recession was too difficult.
Holder moaned that figuring out what was “criminal” from merely “morally reprehensible” was too much work for his force of 14,000 FBI agents.
Holder promised, however, that if he ever figured out how Wall Street insiders ripped us off, we would “see the handcuffs come out.” But he didn’t, so we won’t. The bankers walk. But, Holder says that he remains proud of the Obama administration’s war on medical marijuana.
Obama nominated Michele Leonhart, an anti-marijuana crusader, as head of the DEA. Leonhart is coordinating the use of the FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorneys’s office and IRS to go after 730,000 Americans who have signed up for medical marijuana, many of them seriously ill.
The contrast between the feeble effort to prosecute global financial fraud, and the all-out war on medical marijuana users is remarkable. Should federal law enforcement be going after those who destroyed our economy or a mom-n-pop marijuana shop in Oakland?
Holder’s answer: Which one is easier?
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