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What are they smoking?

Former Federal law enforcement and White House officials say
states legalizing marijuana will violate Federal Law

Teleconference for reporters 1pm Eastern Time, October 15, 2012

Former DEA Administrators and Drug Czars, from both Democratic and Republican administrations, and leading
national addiction health experts. will hold a teleconference at lpm EDST October 15, 2012 to remind the US Justice Department that if, on November 6th, voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington vote to legalize marijuana use, they will trigger a Constitutional showdown with the Federal Government that outlaws its sale, use and possession.

Former and current federal law enforcement officials and health professionals are calling on the Attorney General to make clear that any marijuana legalization violates the Federal Controlled Substances Act as well as international treaties. The Attorney General made such an announcement before California voters considered legaliZing marijuana in 2010.

The nine former DEA Administrators, on September 7th , 2012, wrote the Attorney General urging his department to announce it's intensions if any state votes to legalize marijuana. On September 12, the former White House Drug Czars wrote President Obama, expressing their concerns about the issue. The Department of Justice acted quickly to assert the Constitution's Supremacy Clause in its recent suit to throw out parts of Arizona's immigration bill - will it do the same to protect the nation's marijuana laws?

Less than 30 days before the election, the Justice Department has yet to announce its enforcement intentions
regarding state ballot proposals that would legalize marijuana.

Reporters may call (855) 420-9665 Conference ID 41642395 --------

Conference Call Participants:

Moderator: Peter Bensinger, former DEA Administrator (1976-1981)

Bill Bennett/John Walters, Former Directors of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (representing all 5 former ONDCP Directors, 1989-2008), Chief Richard Beary, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Orlando, FLA, Dr. Robert L. DuPont, founding Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and representing the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Dr. Mitch Rosenthal, President of Phoenix House, a leading substance abuse treatment center in New York City, NY

Other Representatives on the Teleconference available for commentary:
Rob Bonner, former DEA Administrator, Customs Commissioner, former Judge and former US Attorney" Los
Angeles, CA Dr. John Coleman, President of Drug Watch International, Fairfax, Virginia Rev. Anthony Evans,
President of National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), Washington D.C., David Evans, Esq. Executive Director of
Drug Free Schools Coalition and legal expert on drug control laws, Lyon MI., NY Calvina Fay, Executive Director,
Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs, St. Petersburg, FLA, Steve Freng, Psy.D.,
MSW, Prevention/Treatment Manager, Northwest HIDTA, Washington State" Jack Lawn, former DEA
Administrator, Charlotte, NC, Dr. Christian Thurstone, President of the Colorado Child & Adolescent Psychiatric
Society, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Denver, Coiorado ,Robert Lindsey,
President of National Council Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD), New York City, NY
Sheriff John Trumbo, Umatilla County Sheriff Office, Pendleton, Oregon

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