There is a lot of hypocrisy, confusion, and ridiculousness when it comes to the federal government and it's policies towards marijuana. The fact that marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance would be one example that comes to mind, considering the obvious medical benefits that marijuana possesses. Another example would be the DEA's own hiring policy, which treats marijuana as being less harmful than other drugs.
"Under the DEA's hiring rules, an applicant for any agency position who admits to or is found to have used narcotics or dangerous drugs is not considered for employment. Any past use of heroin, LSD, cocaine, or even Adderall without a prescription immediately disqualifies an applicant for a job at the DEA." states the Huffington Post.
According to the DEA hiring policy, "Drug testing is required for all positions and continues throughout your career at DEA. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed for you, will not be considered for employment with DEA. Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the full-field background investigation and results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of all DEA positions."
Am I the only one that finds it sadly ironic that a DEA applicant can get an exception for marijuana use, and then is expected to go on duty and bust as many marijuana consumers, growers, and sellers as they can? It's OK if a DEA agent has tried marijuana in the past because it's not as harmful as other drugs, however, the DEA treats marijuana like it is one of the most harmful things on earth. I can't wait for a day when the DEA no longer has a budget, and has to close up shop instead of enforcing the failed war on drugs. That day will be a great day for science, for logic, and for the American taxpayer.