The DEA agents are the perfectionists among law enforcement. They aren’t quite FBI material, but still strides above police spending their days issuing routine parking tickets in small cities. The DEA has a job to do regarding implementing federal cannabis laws, however, they allegedly lie about the harm, or lack of, posed by the drug (according to a woman cops believe is spreading misinformation).

Angela Bacca of Illegally Healed brought details from a speech given by Belita Nelson at a Denver conference. A former debate teacher from a high school in Plano, TX, Belita Nelson, says she worked for the DEA from 1998 until 2004. Nelson appeared on talk shows as the agency’s willing “chief propagandist,” she stated.

“Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe.” Nelson remembered her “DEA education coordinator, Paul Villaescusa,” telling her that, according to Illegally Healed. However, “It’s our cash cow and we will never give up.”

Nelson’s loyalty was put to the test when her friend, a former football player, developed cancer. He went from 340 pounds to 140 pounds and could not sleep or eat. Nelson went out on a limb and went to ask her teenage son for marijuana. Nelson saw that the marijuana helping her friend and became an immediate aadvocate. She even began “growing the cannabis herself so that she knew it was safe,” according to Illegally Herald. Nelson resigned from the agency in 2004 during an investigation into a heroin epidemic.

Heroin addicts were finding it easier to come off the drug by using marijuana—and rather than compromise, the agency maintained its beliefs. So Nelson quit. She also turned down the DEA’s offer of a hefty payout in order to stay quiet about what she saw, she stated.

“You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick!” she told her supervisors. They offered her “$20,000 a month” to keep quiet, she stated. “I am not taking your money, and you better worry about what I am going to say!”

The DEA doesn’t appear to worry too much.

Currently Nelson works as a marijuana advocate. The DEA appears neither to be suppressing her or budging from their “cannabis is bad” stance. Due to lack of research, the DEA rejected a petition to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

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