DEA ‘Chief Propagandist’ Says Agency Knows Pot is Safe, Keeps it Illegal for Profit

A former “chief propagandist” for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), now turned cannabis advocate, made startling comments at the recent Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Colorado. There, Belita Nelson described what many of us suspected – the DEA is corrupt to the bone and full of lies.

Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,” Nelson said to the audience of doctors and nurses, describing the modus operandi of the DEA.

Illegally Healed reports:

“Nelson represented the DEA in the international media from 1998 to 2004. She did regular appearances on the talk show circuit, including the Oprah Winfrey show and Nightline, espousing the dangers of cannabis. Today she advocates for its medical use, specifically in the treatment of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in professional football players through an organization she founded: The Gridiron Cannabis Foundation.”

It didn’t take long for Nelson to realize cannabis has medical benefits. In 2000, she was watching her close friend suffer from late-stage cancer, losing more than 50% of his weight and no longer being able to eat or sleep.

Being aware of cannabis’ ability to treat these symptoms, Nelson procured some for her friend, who, along with a better diet, was able to live nine more years. Nelson even grew the cannabis herself, knowing black market products were potentially unsafe.

In 2004, Nelson was investigating a heroin epidemic in Plano, Texas and discovered that some addicts were kicking their opioid addictions by turning to cannabis. At this point she could no longer continue pushing propaganda for the DEA when it was clear to her cannabis was a life-saving plant.

Nelson resigned in 2004, and went out with a bang.

“[When they hired me] they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement—and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’”

She said she left the office screaming, “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say!”

Sure enough, Nelson turned her passion into something positive. She moved to Colorado and began advocating for medical cannabis. In 2014, she focused her energy on using cannabis to help treat CTE and other traumatic brain injuries, setting up a holistic clinic with former Denver Broncos player Rick Upchurch.

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CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma, kills many former football players. The Gridiron Cannabis Foundation hopes to convince the NFL to allow players to use medical cannabis to counter the onset of CTE.

Regarding her time at the DEA, Nelson has a succinct way to describe the agency.

“If you think the DEA are the good guys, they are not. They are really not. We are talking corruption on steroids.”

The DEA refused to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule 1 drug in 2016 when it had the opportunity, somehow concluding that ‘more research is needed’ to show cannabis has medical benefits. The only explanation for maintaining the absurd Sch. 1 classification for this miraculous healing plant is to protect Big Pharma, which knows cannabis is a threat to their profits.

As we reported recently, DEA continues to tell 25 lies on its website about the purported dangers of cannabis, even though they refuted these very lies in 2016. This willful deception is in violation a federal law called the Information Quality Act.

The DEA is the biggest obstacle to freedom and health options. It is abundantly clear that corruption and lies – not the interest of the American people – is what drives this agency to continue its tyranny.

Edit, 1/29/17: Nelson was interviewed by The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine in 2013, where she explained how she caught the attention of DEA in 1998. Nelson’s son was fighting heroin addiction, and she had set up a non-profit organization to help addicts get treatment, while speaking out against drugs. The $10,000 DEA offer in 2004 was part of an effort to turn Nelson into a confidential informant — against those she was helping with her non-profit.

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In 2004, the agency came to her with a proposal: give agents useful information gained from patients in her drug treatment program, and they would pay her $10,000 a month. It was an offer that she would refuse on ethical, as well as legal, grounds. Doing so would prove to be absolutely disastrous to her career.

The War on Drugs has corrupted law enforcement to the point where the DEA is indistinguishable from the cartels,” says Belita in her interview with The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine. This lack of ethics on the part of law enforcement drove Belita to the stance she currently holds in regards to currently illegal drugs: “The only solution is legalization— full legalization. For all drugs.

Courtesy of The Free Thought Project

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  • The Ghost

    I’ve seen too many people I know ruin their once productive and happy lives after they started using this “weed”. I could never condone its widespread use. No one needs recreational drugs to live their lives. It really does affect many, many people in an extremely adverse way. Drugs are not the solution but the problem. So many lives wrecked because drugs are promoted to the young people as being cool and peer pressure has wrecked so many young lives and this problem is increasing quickly. don’t expect the Media to point out the danger and damage to the people of a Nation that accepts drug use. It is a tool to destroy our way of living and let the Cultural Marxists control the masses !!

  • lloyd Lisco

    Safe Hell, Over the years I had to let many employees go because once they became regular pot users their work became unacceptable. This was a terrible waste of some talented and likable people, To watch them go down hill like this and become lazy and develop that I don’t give a Dam attitude really hurt. Drugs are a dead end road, Do not take that Road, You will regret it if you do.

    • rueangel

      Ummm
      Just out of curiosity, were any of these pot users that you mention,also alcoholics,.?

      I have know a number of pot users, & I have never noticed that any of them had any ,..’problems’,.. related to pot. But some of them were alcoholics, who had very real,..’problems’,.. that were related to booze.

      And in any case, what is the point of making pot,..illegal,.. after all, making it illegal doesn’t keep people from using it, as millions of people smoke pot every day, So all that making it illegal does, is to corrupt the police & create a cash cow for criminal gangs who sell it, & it get a few harmless people who get caught, in possession of it, thrown in jail, at great expense, re, court costs, & prison cost’

      The ,.’only’,.. beneficiaries of the , ‘War on Drugs’ are lawyers, drug cartels, & private prison operators,..

      They once tried making alcohol illegal, & the only thing that that accomplished was to create a crime wave, with drive by shootings, associated with the smuggling & selling of it, & causing some people to go blind from drinking,..’bathtub gin’,..,..

      So,..what’s the point.

      “IF” we claim to be a ,..FREE,.. country, then, certainly, the most basic freedom is for a person to decide what to take. or not to take, into their body, while, the government forbids pot, at the same time it is considering ,..’MANDATORY’,..vacinations.

      Up until about the 30s of the last century, Both pot & cocaine were available, over the counter at any drug store,..& this did not seem to create any wide spread problems, but now with the government’s meddling with the people’s right to make up their own minds about such things, we have a lot of crime related to both of these.

      The ,..’Drug War’,.. must end,..

      • lloyd Lisco

        Alcohol is a Drug and causes the same problems I witnessed with these Pot Smokers.

  • MsSgt3

    SAFE for WHOM? … I wouldn’t want a pot-head to drive next to me…that’s for sure. I seem to recall a bunch of ‘spaced-out monkeys’ wandering around in a daze… saying how strong and wonderful they felt, while they never recognized that they were staggering all over the place and could barely stand up! I recall one almost drowning in my pool, while HE believed he was floating amongst the stars. …… Back in the 70’s my cuban gardener grew it in the back of my property and all of our local PD would come for their ‘stash’ (no charge of course… we were a very wealthy and somewhat well known community, for the most part) … I tried it, and found it to be the most anti-social drug. I spent the entire night staring into my fireplace, fascinated by the flames. … Did it ever occur to any of you that we were being SET UP again? Could THIS be a part of making the US COMPLACENT? Part of ‘The DUMBING of America?… Probably not, because it feels so good to take the pain away…right??? … Just sayin’……

  • marlene

    The only reason pot remains illegal is because Big Pharma couldn’t get a patent on it.

  • Lakshmima

    A formerly $30 DOLLAR gram is 6 bucks now that it is legal and lab tested for deadly mold.
    I don’t smoke but others should have the right to do what they want with their own bodies. Just keep it away from kids and animals.

  • desertspeaks

    great article! The majority of Americans still believe the governments FRAUD AND LIES.. One by one, the public is waking up to the crime syndicate that is the US GOVERNMENT and it’s subsidiary crime organizations!