Ex-DEA Spokeswoman: 'Marijuana Is Safe', Kept Illegal Because It's A 'Cash Cow'

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Authored by Alex Thomas via TheAntiMedia.org,

Before the heroin epidemic became a nationwide problem, claiming thousands of lives; Plano, Texas, was already entrenched. And like many of the places caught in the crosshairs of the continuing heroin crisis, Plano is the last place that one would expect to be swept into the opioid tidal wave.

Anti-Media recently interviewed Texas-native Belita Nelson, who has had an interesting few decades.

For six years she termed herself the “chief propagandist” — or spokeswoman — for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Before that, as a Plano mother and teacher, Belita noticed what was happening in her community. She described Plano as an area rivaling Newtown, Connecticut, or Cape Cod — tight-knit regions where tragedy strikes hard and deep.

She explained that [Plano] has the best school districts in the state of Texas…it’s a gated community. And in 1998, for heroin to be that prevalent in the community was stunning. Stunning. We got all the media attention because we were this upscale Texas neighborhood that nobody thought would be inundated with heroin.”


Nelson decided to take action, saying, I decided I’d had it. I was going to organize my community and fight this thing at the grassroots level. But we were never grassroots because the first thing I did was go on the Oprah show for the DEA.”

Belita stresses that she was never officially employed by the DEA but traveled for six years as a sort of unofficial spokeswoman for the agency.  The group recruited her because their goals aligned, and in many ways, she was perfect for the role. She was a mother who had witnessed the toll of heroin first-hand. She was passionate and knew what she was talking about. Belita spoke to schools and parent groups and appeared on television networks.

With the help of a former Dallas Cowboy, she founded the Starfish Foundation to tackle heroin addiction. That organization ran until 2004 when one of the employees pocketed the donation money and left the foundation scrambling in the dark.

In our interview, Belita was hesitant to speak too openly but mentioned that when she first went to work with the DEA (she was contacted and became familiar with agency’s goals), she was told “‘Marijuana is safe, we know it’s safe, but it’s our cash cow and we will never, ever, give it up.’ When the DEA seizes a car or makes a drug bust, it’s likely they’ll find wads of money. They turn in the pot (or other drugs) — and keep the cash. Civil asset forfeiture law essentially gives the police and feds free reign, and they have confiscated billions of dollars from Americans, a majority of whom have not been charged with a crime.

Belita, like many people, posits that the DEA is not willing to give up the long disproven idea that marijuana is a “gateway drug.” Unlike heroin, most people are open to trying marijuana. At high school or college parties, it’s much more likely that a joint is being passed around than a needle. While a joint conjures up images of Bob Weir or SOJA on stage, a needle brings to mind a lifeless Philip Seymour Hoffman or Basquiat.

Belita cut ties with the DEA in 2004 after becoming frustrated with the system and the government’s need to keep marijuana criminalized, despite knowledge that the drug was safe.

While at the Starfish Foundation, Belita heard time and time again the tale of pot-smoking teenagers who were pushed into heroin simply because marijuana carries harsh penalties. And it’s a story that’s been told repeatedly. Today Belita works for the Gridiron Cannabis Foundation,  a nonprofit dedicated to fighting CTE, concussions, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathy, dementia, chronic in?ammation, Leukemia, and brain and other cancers. But the group’s pockets that only stretch so far.

In contrast, her opposition — and the opposition of anyone fighting the heroin epidemic and hoping to legalize marijuana — are big pharma companies.

Recently, we’ve seen pharma companies hit the grassroots to secure influence. Anti-Media and a number of other news outlets recently reported on an opioid company pumping half a million dollars into Arizona anti-marijuana groups in an effort to keep the plant illegal. These sorts of campaigns do not serve the dead in Plano and the hundreds of thousands around the nation suffering from opioid addiction. Rather, they benefit CEOs and pharmaceutical groups who have invested millions in developing drugs that minimize pain. Unfortunately, they come with a dangerously high likelihood of addiction.

Big pharma corporations see dollar signs in every painkiller that moves across a counter, but some of which could easily be replaced by marijuana, which is increasingly proven to help decrease pain. So the American consumer, from Plano, Texas, to Portland, Maine, is faced with the dilemma — is it better to be a living Bob Weir or a dead Basquiat?

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D Nyle's picture

Can't have people to stoned and forget their daily dose of Oxy

Raffie's picture

1 joint = pack of cigs.

People are stupid enough now days without using pot.

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flaminratzazz's picture

fvkin piece of shit just cant quit whoring out your cum guzzling site, can you?

Raffie's picture

I got relatives in Colorado.

They said there is many job openings becuse most people can not pass the drug test. LOL....

mary mary's picture

"The" drug test?  Colorado legalizes cannabis but disqualifies people who use it and therefore "fail" "the" drug test?

How about the sugar test?  The chocolate test?  The weight test?  The tobacco test?

I smell MEGA LAWSUIT.  "The" drug test will not survive.

NidStyles's picture

My hiring criteria can have any limitation that are not otherwise regulated by federal law.


So, go pound sand.

Bemused Observer's picture

And good luck to you drawing from the labor pool of 11 employees who have never used a 'substance'.


You can hire who you want, but you should be hiring the one who can do the job instead of looking for reasons NOT to hire.

MK13's picture

Pot is not harmless - especially if used early on - https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/your-kid...

Dunedin study was solid - persistent IQ drop in users.

Anyone saying alcohol is sane or worse - two wrongs don't make a right.

inhibi's picture

HAHAHAHA I cant believe YOU believe that nonsense! Persistent IQ drop? LOL! The only conclusive evidence I have seen is if you smoke pot heavily every day for a decade or so, your amygdala will shrink due to the ammonium (UCLA study). Thats basically the only REAL study Ive seen on the detriments of heavy marijuana use. Every other study showed no effects once the user stopped smoking for 3 months.


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Smoking weed is on the same scale social consequences wise like alcohol, so it should be regulated the same way.


stitch-rock's picture

"1. Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone (this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana."

The IQ level and critical thinking of this place is going parity with huff po with comments like the above

mary mary's picture

IQ at ZH is good.  IQ of the paid trolls is lowest of all people on planet Earth.

stitch-rock's picture

Actually no, it is not good.
I'm betting you also still think Trump is playing "4-D Chess" lol

The dilution of critical thought anywhere in the Public sphere is understandable. Critical thinking seems to be the only saving grace to sort out this global quagmire of (dis-mis) information.
It is also the last thing anyone who wields control or power wants for 'the masses' to utilize.
Before Obama repealed the domestic propaganda laws,
there was a distinct lack of the current tsunami of 'paid trolls' as was noted.
Now who would want the war on drugs to continue?
Cui bono?
New vetted information tells us that from day one:
Pablo Escobar, the poster child for start of the entire war on drugs, was, in fact, an employee of the SEE-EYE-AY.
From the beginning.
There's a fat paycheck: arming police and incarcerating people for profit. Also, fear is generated in the population at large and families can be ripped apart with zero consequence for literally no reason.
Win-win if the intent is to subjugate a population.
Not mention, the PROFIT in being an uber-soveign entity
that can purchase a substance for pennies
in a legal country and then sell it in a country where it is illegal for 1000's% of profit.
And, lest we forget, it is a CASH business.
What other industry left today doesn't deal with debt?

Sooo, with these corroborated pieces of data,
it would be an easy logical leap to understand that at this point anyone who still has an antipathy toward the legalization of 'drugs' is a (conscious or unconscious) shill for the MIC, Pharma and Banking cabals.

I suggest you learn the history of HSBC in relation to the BOE and the Opium wars.

NidStyles's picture

No one dies from the use, because they are all too lazy when high to go outside of their houses.


Makes it obvious why all the drama about the plant is pushed...

KingFiat's picture

Those weed-smokers are even too lazy to get run over by a bus. Or maybe the drug makes them paranoid the bus drivers are out to get them, so they become really careful.

A few years ago I read in my local press about a scientific study from the Netherlands on the effect of driving while under the influence of small amounts of cannabis. The headlines I read was that people who were under the influence of small amounts of cannabis were poor drivers, and more likely to speed as they did not look at the spedometer as often as other people.

I looked up the study, and read it. Two groups were compared in a car driving simulator. One group was sober and the other group had what is about one or two puffs of a joint. The group under influence of cannabis were driving more slowly and safely than the control group. But they were also looking less often at the speedometer than the control group, and this was what main stream media used to conclude they were poor drivers, and more likely to speed. Our local politicians only looked at the media headlines and adopted a zero tolerance policy. Today people in my country can loose their driver's licence for driving weeks after smoking, as trace amounts of cannabis can still be found in their blood.

I do not want any people to drive under the influence of any drug, but the hysteria about cannabis has to end.

The prohibition of cannabis was started in the thirties by Anslinger in the US because he was head of the federal force for enforcing the alcohol prohibition when it was lifted. He needed something else to keep the money flowing. What he started has morphed into the DEA we know today.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

I am from  the Netherlands and I am familiair with the  study. 

More interesting is the study Extasy -MDMA while driving. THOSE IN THE STUDY ACTUALY DROVE BETTER. FAR BETTER.

inhibi's picture

Until they saw the headlights of another car and started spazzing out...

As having done MDA/MDMA heavily in college, I would never trust anyone to drive under its influence.

Offthebeach's picture

There are tens  millions of walking dead in America.  People who are noting but basic appetite and trivialities.   Without ethics,  morals, purpose or reason.  Just consumers and prisoners of mass propaganda. 

mary mary's picture

Absolutely untrue.  Many people get violent on alcohol.  I have never met anyone who got violent on cannabis.  I have never met anyone who said he ever met anyone who got violent on cannabis.  Get a real job, DEA lardbrick.

ItsyBitsy90's picture

So it's a gateway bank instead of a gateway drug???

Archibald Buttle's picture

more like a gateway credit union than a gateway bank. if you have any smarts, you know where to stop.

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flaminratzazz's picture

1 joint = pack of cigs.

idiot post of the month

James Garner Smoked Marijuana For 50 Years

dies @ 86 of heart failure..in his memoirs he said alcohol should be illegal, not weed

pot is a killer I tell ya!!

garcam123's picture

I'm actualy suicidal! I've been teryin to kill myself with weed for......well at least 45 years.......maybe this next hit will be the BIG ONE!  They ALL are!

Best hit is in the mornings.....everything is beautiful, eventhose prunes I didn't eat last night!

Beowulf55's picture

Wonder if you get any work done.  I smoke to but don't find much time to get high.  Maybe in the evening before I go to bed to relieve muscle and joint pain.  It is also a good time for me to relax and think outside the box.

Smoking all the time is stupid and not very productive.

Try to be a little smarter about it and don't abuse it.


Keyser's picture

Marijuana is one of the single most powerful herbal remedies on the planet, curing everything from cancer to depression to eating disorders... Of course it is going to be demonized for it's benefits by TPTB... Short anecdotal story, I was supposed to be dead 35 years ago from a 100% fatal form of lukemia, yet today I am in perfect health an enjoying life... Do I really need to say what saved me? 

flaminratzazz's picture

dont tell the AMA. your life could be in danger

rent slave's picture

Brown seaweed extract cures cancer.You don't need dope for that simple task.Diverticulosis is the only incurable disease.

KingFiat's picture

Medical marijuana is a big competitor to what the pharma companies are offering. Just look at how the sales of strong painkillers and other drugs are falling in states that allow it.

Of course they are lobbying to avoid it being legalized. The probihition of cannabis is also a major source of funding for police and the prison system.

MK13's picture

Random probability saved you, not pot. Pot permanently lowers IQ and remodels brain in ways you don't want it remodeled - https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/your-kid...

If you have an incurable disease and are looking for cure, one lead to the head will do it. Just don't apply in a place that has popcorn ceilings - clean up is messy.

inhibi's picture

Biggest BS I have ever read. THC/CBN is a group of inhibitors. They inhibit various nodes of the brain, the circulatory & nervous system. This is why it is anti-nausea & a pain reliever. As for the path in the brain, little is understood about it, except the fact that the THC molecules perfectly align with receptors, which has been postulated as an evolutionary sign that humans have been using cannabis for eons.

Musicians find it easier to make music while high. Listening to music is also more enjoyable. Pain relief is enjoyable. Eating is more enjoyable. I personally find writing to be more enjoyable on weed, as well as painting or sculpting. In what way, do you find that enjoying work would remodel your brain in a bad way? Are you seriously trying to tell me that humans have been going at it wrong for ages, while some dumb government study says otherwise?

stitch-rock's picture

In ancient Greece it was an LSD like drink called kykeon.
Plato's 'The Cave' can be directly connected to inspiration
from imbibing kykeon in caves in Eleusis.

Everything GOOD humans have created seems inspired somehow by getting high.

rent slave's picture

He may have broken Jeanmne Calmet's record had he kept away from the stuff.

Jayda1850's picture

And yet one will get you arrested and the other is as acceptable as alcohol. Stupid people.

Offthebeach's picture

Nkt true.

I was walking in Boston with a friend who was smoking.  I said you should hold off we'll get busted.  He said I could  be for being drunk in public but he was legal.  True.

stitch-rock's picture

Because it was legalized in MA last December.

sleigher's picture

"1 joint = pack of cigs."

That's the stupid propaganda they used to tell us to scare us away from pot.  CBD's bro.  Pot Cures Cancer!  

No matter what you idiots say, the genie is out of the bottle and there is no putting her back in.  Put people in jail for a plant, sure you can, but too many know about pot and all it's wonderful properties.  

Keyser's picture

I am living proof of your statement... See my post above... 

sleigher's picture

That is great Keyser and I am glad you are here to tell us about it.  

Iwanttoknow's picture

Fuckers never tire of reefer madness.

mary mary's picture

Baloney.  You just made that up.

Also, do you not know that you don't have to smoke it?  Do you not know anything? 

Raffie's picture



I never been a supporter of drugs and never will be. I have 2 friends who was close and are total burn outs from pot. Another friend from dropping acid in the loony bin.

So yes, not a big supporter of pot at all. It is true, you think what you do only effects you, but it does not.

What a life waster.


stitch-rock's picture

Then your friends were probably on the low side of the bell curve.
Drugs amplify whats already there.
If someone blames 'Drugs', they are ignoring
the actions and psychology of the person using them.

Sorry for your associations..

Kohiba's picture

People are stupid enough now days without using pot.

case in point...

Archibald Buttle's picture

greenie from me. like your sense of humor.

Arrow4Truth's picture

You are the perfect example. A little herb might do you some good.