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Marijuana legalization opponent Peter Bensinger, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, now runs a drug-testing lab... which -- surprise, surprise! -- profits greatly from marijuana prohibition
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Marijuana legalization opponent Peter Bensinger, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, now runs a drug-testing lab… which — surprise, surprise! — profits greatly from marijuana prohibition

Nine former directors of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), dedicated drug warriors all, on Wednesday urged Attorney General Eric Holder to sue Colorado and Washington state in order to block implementation of marijuana legalization approved by the voters in both states.

Former DEA chiefs Peter Bensinger, John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall and Francis Mullen wrote a letter to Holder, and also gave an advance copy to The Associated Press, reports Activist Post.

“The supremacy of federal law over state law when it comes to drug laws isn’t in doubt,” Bensinger, who headed the DEA from February 1976 to July 1981, told the AP. “It is outrageous that a lawsuit hasn’t been filed in federal court yet,” he said, obviously longing for the old days when somebody gave a damn what he thought about it.

After Bensinger left the DEA, he founded a drug testing lab, Bensinger DuPont Associates, which according to its own website handles drug testing for corporations.

“Bensinger, DuPont & Associates’ (BDA) provides a full-service solution to drug testing management,” the site reads. “Our services are designed to help employees establish and manage workplace drug and alcohol testing programs that are technically and forensically sound, protecting the rights of applicants, employees and employers.”

 

BDA’s years of experience can help your organization to implement and maintain a viable drug testing program. The company’s principals are Peter Bensinger, who served as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Dr. Robert DuPont, the founding Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Bensinger’s business partner, Dr. Robert DuPont, is a former White House drug czar. Both Bensinger and DuPont are up to their necks in sleazy, industry-controlled lobbying groups like the “Drug & Alcohol Industry Testing Association,” who were behind the execrable Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2008, which made products designed to help people beat a drug test, illegal.

“Bensinger and his cohorts in the drug testing industry represent just one of the many industries that are lobbying to keep the failed war on drugs alive, as they’re willing to subvert democracy and the Constitution to do it,” Activist Post offers.

 

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