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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flaminratzazz's picture

Americanism: a haunting fear someone needs taxed, fined, arrested and imprisoned.


East Indian's picture

a haunting fear someone is not yet taxed, fined, arrested and imprisoned...

flaminratzazz's picture

a haunting fear someone is not yet taxed, fined, arrested and imprisoned, ENOUGH

it sure is not a matter of fvkin IF!!


shit,,now I need a bong hit to settle down..

WillyGroper's picture

another reason it's illegal is because all the chillens that's been violated can reintegrate all the mpd/did not to mention alleviate ptsd.

bastids know it's way more than a recreational herb.

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

CBD, derived from hemp is a panacea for all disease.  No prescription, no doctors, no big pharma, no DEA.  I use it for chronic inflamation among other issues caused by the antibiotic Cipro; fluoroquinolone toxicity.  Inexpensive and available via the internet.


MK13's picture

There is no panacea - there is no cure all - you lose the argument there. If lighting up a few leaves makes your joints feel better, great, placebo works for 30% of population too.

wisehiney's picture

Them, them, fuck them.

I knew that my old cuz would enjoy singing this at the top of our lungs on every road trip.....


And now he is gone.

Find someone to do America with.

Able Ape's picture

Living is dangerous and you'll end up dead....

Consuelo's picture



 If in the pursuit or enjoyment thereof, any 'drug' I so choose to ingest, I run afoul of your person or property, there are laws on the books to see fit that I am sufficiently taken care of.    Anything above or beyond that, is simple Control Freakism and nothing more.

So called 'conservatives' - the ones who supposedly 'honor', 'cherish' and have ultimate respect for our Founding principles, are the Biggest Slime-Bag hypocrite parasites to ever crawl the earth.   You howl 'Liberty' & 'Freedom', yet you know Nothing of either.   What you do know, and what you - like the other parasites across the isle whom you claim to be so at odds with, is that you drool over .Gov doing your bidding every bit as much as those 'Socialists' do - you just want your brand of it...

FOAD ---

Dragon HAwk's picture

the first thing they will legalize is the taxation.. ( of Weed )

bannedonce's picture

Does civil asset forfeiture bother anyone else here? That seems to be the bigger issue. I dont really give a shit if I can or cant smoke weed...Im more alarmed that my "free country" can pull me over and take my briefcase of cash for no other reason than "it's suspicious." This is why the white male must eventually wake up and start shooting back with physical not metaphorical bullets. This isnt an "infowar" its a fucking war on all sides against our very humanity. Its a total war. Violence is our only path to freedom.






mcl2177's picture

I've smoked plenty of weed in my life. I quit years ago. Lots of my friend now in there 40's still smoke. I can't say it's not harmful. Most of these people are now completely incoherent. They're functioning but not right. They'll probably get like no cancer or have a mental breakdown by their early 50's.

flaminratzazz's picture

yeah they are not out road raging and robbing pharmacies..must be something wrong with them.

Hyjinx's picture

Marijuana restricts blood flow to all parts of the brain essentially asphyxiating neurons which may underlie psychosis and accelerate neurodegenerative processes.


Far from harmless, could also increase the risk of Alzheimers.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

So it's bad for you..that doesn't mean it should be illegal. Coca-Cola is bad for you, causes diabetes, cancer, and many other follow on diseases...yet Coca Cola is legal.

Hyjinx's picture

MJ should be illegal if it is a given society will have to pay for everyone who fucks themselves up.  If that is not the case then I say smoke'em if you got'em!

desertboy's picture

You obviously don't have much of a scholarly background if you think one article in a low-grade journal proves anything.

MrNoItAll's picture

It was kept illegal up to the point that somebody did a calculation and realized they could make even MORE money by taxing the legal sale and use of pot.  With the elite and their minions working in government, it is ALWAYS about what will make the most money.  Propaganda themes and laws are adjusted according to what makes the most money, and the attitudes of the masses are adjusted to go along for the ride.


LN's picture

It's all about farming and livestock yield, once you understand that, all the pieces fit.


DaveA's picture

Never mind the DEA; marijuana prohibition is also a cash cow for hundreds of thousands of small-time growers and dealers. Full legalization would wipe them out -- what are they going to do when Walmart sells a pound of bud for $25 dollars next to the tobacco products? (That's $20 in taxes, $3 in store markup, and $2 for the grower) One more use for hemp rope: to hang yourself when Big Agro puts you out of business.

DEMIZEN's picture

bingo. every good prop stops at the doormat of sheeple majority. And then they wonder why they get shaved.

Gen. Ripper's picture

Who fucking cares what a housewife thinks?? Anyone smoking weed is a fucking moron too.

LN's picture

Carl Sagan the moron?  Wow, you must be a real fart smeller.


Gen. Ripper's picture

(((Sagan))) was dying of cancer, so he's forgiven. No one in a critical career burns their brains out needlessly. If 30 year old dumbasses want to play Xbox and eat pizza in moms basement go for it - I won't have to look at them.

DEMIZEN's picture

 if a moron wants to smoke some weed why stop him? at least he will grab a fatty pizza and xbox control and stay put. Better than fucking barfly vinos that roam streets,  bars, and ERs  until their first deadly hit and run, and sooner or later end up on disability for damages to internal organs. 

desertboy's picture

Do tell us more, o' prince of irony.

DEMIZEN's picture

it is cops and politicians pushing the horse and feeding off the weak and sick fucks, who else? is just what cops do when pay and pensions dont cut anymore. But is essentially peoples fault for being so passive and taking this shit deep into their asses.  

jomama's picture

Even the great Orange fuckface is against MJ, so that doesn't fit the narrative.

flaminratzazz's picture

the great Orange fuckface is a total pos and will likely get a fvkton of people killed.

Mighty 30's picture

Hopefully you 2 will be living where NK drops the bomb.

flaminratzazz's picture

the nork missiles are so big and scary..you fell for it hook line and sinker.. now back to grazing like a good sheeptard..

Blankone's picture

This thread is another eye opener. ZH really has gotten the govt's attention. Maybe because of the good financial articles once posted or maybe just to use it as another propaganda device. Maybe they are behind the "ABC Media" who bought out ZH.

Regardless ZH has agents of some sort working hard on disinformation. They are not just ill informed individuals but it is purposeful. The level of it in this thread is quite a laugh at times. Other times they use the well gauged statements such as "it's not as dangerous as alcohol but it is dangerous". The old tactic of giving partial agreement and follow it with their primary message.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Yeah right, marijuana safe, lol, is that why chronic users suffer from developmental arrest, even though their adults they have all the emotional characteristics of young children! LMAO! Hey, let's prostitute ourselves out to the 'safe' pschoactive drug marijuana, that way we can continually be strangers to ourselves. 

The Ex-DEA spokeswoman has a desire to anesthetize the masses, just like the Brits did with China, she can fuck-off, just like the rest of the dumb shits that believe that insanity!

flaminratzazz's picture

even thought their adults they have all the emotional characteristics of young children!

dude-wtf? really?

care to try that again and maybe get it half way correct and possibly some kind of coherent sense?

G-R-U-N-T's picture

LOl, the reason why you can't make 'some kind of coherent sense' of this reality is: 1) Your a user under the influence and 2) your probably a chronic user suffering from delusional ideation. 

flaminratzazz's picture

OIC, but of course it cant be your fault...If you are going to tell people how fucked up they are, common sense suggests you should get it right or accept the consequences of being considered a



G-R-U-N-T's picture

Come on Flim Flam, it comes down to ignorance.

Those that advocate marijuana use are naturally going to resist the facts trying to justify their perpetual and continued use, they irrationally rationalize their reason for continued use. When one has a chronic problem with ANY psychoactive drug it detaches them from who they are normally, they're sick because they're not themselves. In essence what they have done to themselves is manufacture another personality, the addict personality (psychopatic in nature). How can one be themselves when they're under the influence of a psychoactive drug? indeed the addict personality will try to undermine the 'normal' self in it's unconscious defiance and grandiosity need to fuel itself for it's own base survival.

Just another tragic feature of psychoactive drug use, loss of their own identity. Keep in mind, that many chronic psychoactive users end up taking themselves out, often times, it is because they use other drugs with their drug of choice, what this causes is a 'synergistic effect', 1 + 1 = 5, shutting down their autonomic nervous system. In this case the addict eventually takes out the user (themselves)....and why I'm at it, there is also a demoralizing component, for addicts will compromise their inner values to perpetuate the disease, causing all kinds of chaos in their and others lives, often times they birth other pathology's as a residual effect of this destructive process.

flaminratzazz's picture

BLah blah blah..and how quickly we forget that in its heyday tobacco was killing 500,000 people a year, BUT weed is the problem.. Car wrecks, 30,000, gun related death including suicide is around 12,000..we are talking half a million dude..wtf is the outrage?

and don't even get me started on how much filthy lucre the gov makes on tobacco taxes.


G-R-U-N-T's picture

Shit, I would be willing to bet more than half of government employees, to include politicians and other nation destroying bureaucrats are under the influence of psychoactive illicit or prescription drugs. It would be one cause to be sure, to show how fucked up this Nation has become. It would also account for the apathetic and complacent populace allowing them to be constantly thrown under the bus as they loot the living shit out of them. 

flaminratzazz's picture

but as long as they have the bought and paid for scribe, it's all good.. Agreed, our gov is way fvked.

Adahy's picture

You're clearly talking about opiate users and inserting the word marijuana in its place. =\=
How about you tell me instead about all of the negative, debilitating effects of refined sugar as you eat your twinkie.

Kone Wone's picture

FFS, can't you get it right?

It's 'You're' NOT 'Your'

As in : You're an illiterate idiot if you don't know your correct spelling rules.

Or maybe you're under the influence?

desertboy's picture

So saith the Zoloft salesman.

DEMIZEN's picture

cant you just stay clean? You sound like that is not an option for ya..

pherron2's picture

Smoked it since age 12. Somehow I have managed to retain the knowledge of what a contraction is. For example "they're" a contraction for "they are". See how that works dip shit?

Archive_file's picture

I had to quit pot because it made me super paranoid. I wish I could still smoke the shit.