The Drug Enforcement Administration will keep enforcing the federal law against marijuana — despite New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reported plan to decriminalize pot, a federal agent declared.
In an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis aired Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable,” James Hunt, DEA agent in charge of New York, said marijuana possession is “still against the law federally.”
The remarks begin at the 7:18-minute mark.
“The federal government is very clear on it,” Hunt said. “There’s been a lot of research. The Supreme Court has ruled there is no medical necessity for marijuana. It’s still a Schedule 1 substance, not approved by the [Federal Drug Administration]”
“We will not stop enforcing the laws because Congress makes these laws,” Hunt added. “If people are so worried about the marijuana laws, they should appeal to their congressman and change the law.
“But as long as it’s illegal, the federal government, we will enforce the laws.”
According to the New York Daily News, de Blasio will tell the New York Police Department to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a task force to officially prepare the city for the outright legalization of marijuana in New York.
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