Biography/Memoir

Former DEA spokesperson: marijuana is ‘cash cow’ and ‘we will never give up’

“[When they hired me] they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement — and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’” she said during her presentation in Denver. But instead of cooperating, Nelson stormed from the office screaming, “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say.” This is certainly not the first time that Nelson has spoken publicly about the DEA’s stance on cannabis in the years since she left…

Twelve years ago, former DEA propagandist Belita Nelson quit her job after spending six years (1998-2004) as an international media representative for the anti-drugs agency. Since leaving the DEA, Nelson has become an advocate for cannabis reform and the expanding of research into marijuana treatments. Nelson — who, during her time there, eventually became the DEA’s chief propagandist — told a crowd at the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Colorado last month that the DEA’s war on cannabis is exactly the corrupt, money-grubbing scheme that most believe it to be. “Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,” she said, according to Angela Bacca’s report for Illegally Healed.

Original Article (Ganjapreneuer):
Former DEA Spokesperson: Marijuana is ‘Cash Cow’ and ‘We Will Never Give Up’
Artwork Fair Use: Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil

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