Drug War

Marijuana Legalization Scares Us, Panicked DEA Official Tells Senators


James L. Capra

"There are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks," marveled Drug Enforcement Administration Chief of Operations James L. Capra, varying a bit from his prepared script (PDF) during a Wednesday Senate hearing about anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan. "Going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible," he said. "It scares us!"


"This is a bad experiment. It's a bad, bad experiment," he insisted. The drug-warrior lifer (he's been in the DEA since 1987) got emotional, and then apologized for his excitement, proving that whatever the prohibitionist side may lack in sense and respect for liberty, it doesn't want for sweaty dedication to the cause. Or maybe he just hit way too many of those Starbucks while counting dispensaries. It's thirsty work.

"You're going to demand from me…You're going to demand from DEA: How are you going to stop that?" he said, seemingly on the verge of tears.

Senator Dianne Feinstein voiced sympathy for Capra's outburst, attributing it to "great law enforcement frustration." She then called marijuana a "gateway drug" and repeated her longstanding opposition to legalization, though she allowed for some medical use.

Just a thought: Marijuana is pretty soothing, and effective at calming nerves overstressed by hard and, perhaps, fustrating work.

The fun starts at the 1:20 mark in the video below.

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  1. Senator Fianne Feinstein voiced sympathy for Capra’s outburst, attributing it to “great law enforcement frustration.”

    Go duck yourself, Fianne.

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  2. My favorite part is when he warns that a group in Bakersfield used “a marijuana dispensary as a front to launder its meth proceeds.” I’m not sure what his point is — that we should ban every legal activity that could be used as a front for an illegal activity? — but whatever he’s thinking, it seems to have moved him deeply.

    1. They should have used a car wash.

      1. Hey, you guys have been washing my car for three hours. I think it s clean.

        NO! There’s still some paint left. Its MOCKING me!

  3. “Going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible,” he said. “It scares us!”

    Oh, great. We are now supposed to prohibit drugs because of ‘monsters in the closet.’

  4. The only thing that scares this douche is the fact that his entire career is a work of fiction that has outlived its purpose. Fuck off slaver.

  5. Shorter version:

    “We’ve got to protect our phony baloney jobs!”

  6. “Going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible,” he said. “It scares us!”

    Could this be what is scaring you so much Mr. Capra?


    1. “But the decriminalization of pot also stands to remove a funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.”

      No more stealing for these highway robbers. Devastating. And rightly so.

    2. “The advantage with marijuana is that it’s one location, and you can make a lot of money off of one grow,” attorney Matthew York, who has worked on drug forfeiture cases in Washington state, tells Elinson. “These other drug dealers, they make a lot of money, but they’re harder to find.”

      I think I am going to puke. Mr York, would you stand still please? I want to test my projectile vomiting skills.

  7. *Frank* Capra wasn’t this sentimental or emotional. A disgrace to the Capra name.

  8. “This is a bad experiment. It’s a bad, bad experiment,” he insisted.

    Oh, so close. One more “bad” and I might have believed him.

    1. How about if he hit the experiment with a rolled-up newspaper?

  9. Someone with editing skills should put pearls in his hands.

  10. “It scares us!”

    I’m sure it does…

    Somebody might need to get a real job.

  11. on the verge of tears.


  12. I love how he states “I’ve served 34 years in federal government” like that’s something that garners automatic respect.

    Everywhere this has been tried has led to negative results? The numbers from Portugal say otherwise.

    Despite evidence to the contrary, Feinstein continues believe it’s a gateway drug. So much for Democrats being the “pro-science” party!

    It’s good to see shitbags like Capra go off the rails. In ten years, when ZERO of the problems he screeches about materialize, it will make it all the more sweeter to expose and ridicule this worthless parasite.

  13. Feinstein is a fogging IDIOT! California deserves better.

  14. Difi-

    “We beat it back last time, I don’t know what will happen next time.”

    God I hate these peopl.

  15. Mencken:

    The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and, whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate ? which is to say, upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are. They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk.

  16. “There are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks,”

    Good. This says a lot about Starbucks.

    1. You realize in 10 years there will be chain-store pot shops.

      1. I won’t be satisfied until Trader Joe sells pot brownies.

        1. Hell, I will just be happy with the 7-11 down the street doing so.

    2. I wonder if there are more liquor licenses in Denver than Starbucks.

  17. Bed wetter.

  18. The only bad thing about pot legalization is that the government will just make some currently-legal activity illegal so that the DEA employees can be reassigned to some other witch hunt. But the witch hunting will never ever diminish.

  19. Yea, arresting non violent offenders and ruining their lives don’t scare them. What will the fascists do if they can’t go after pot heads? Oh, yea, spend resources and man power to go after real criminals, pretty dangerous, too dangerous I guess.

  20. I heard a lot of this from everyone in this video:

    “I believe, I believe, I believe.”

    Personally, I don’t care what you believe Feinstein or Mr. DEA agent. You would be the same people holding up prohibition as a great moral and social victory 100 years ago. You would have almost single handedly created U.S. organized crime. It’s not different now. I hope this DEA suit realizes that the policies of the Federal U.S. government have been THE biggest factor in the rise in cartel power and violence. That’s on YOU, sir.

  21. This guy is passionate but so full of crap. His basic premise is wrong. Our “allies” are befuddle because WE PUSHED THEM to make marijuana illegal. They spent millions on enforcement and now we backtrack? The myth of gateway is just that…a myth. Using a dispensary as a front has no bearing on the danger of marijuana….it is then a law enforcement problem with the meth. What is it was an actual plant nursery? Following Agent Capra’s reasoning, the plant nursery should be illegal as well. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug…along with cocaine and meth meaning it is highly addictive and has a potential for abuse. Well following that logic so are cheeseburger and Doritos.

  22. Tell it to the Dutch and the Portugese, you sniveling putz.


  23. “Going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible,” he said. “It scares us!”

    What will the DEA do with all those idle agents if pot is legalized? Layoffs?

    1. and cops are easily scared and will start shooting any second now

  24. Their hystrionics are a little more fun for me when they’re losing. I hope it stays that way.

  25. This guy is an IDIOT. All these people a scared? BS they are scared it the LIES that scare anyone Not the Truth. He says that Law enforcement is scared what about LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) They want to end the War. Feinstein don’t know the First thing she is talking about. Who and the hell cares what she thinks its what the Voters Want and there are 58% that want Cannabis Legal, Period. Capra talks about Every Country that has tried this has Failed? What Countries? How about Portugal that has Decriminalized All Drugs and continues to do so calls it an success after 16 years. Amsterdam is also another Success story. The UN came in and Forced so many countries to sign a treaty making Cannabis Illegal not that they had a problem. Jamaica its illegal but they don’t have enough of a problem to bust people that smoke out in the open. If these people had a brain cell it would be lonely. There are more and more people that want this war to end in all walks of life that know the truth. This is something that should have never been made illegal if the first place.

    1. Adults are only allowed to make a choice about their own body if another body is growing inside them. Aside from that adult choice is an assault on the federal power structure which considers liberty home-grown terrorism.

  26. Christ, what an asshole.

  27. The fat-faced fuck could use a baby pacifier. Preferably one laced with rat shit.

  28. Are people actually still using the gateway drug thing? They DO realize it’s been proven unquestionably false, right?

  29. I keep imagining the words “It scares us!” being said in the voice of Gollum. I just can’t help it.

  30. Law enforcement will never de-criminalize drugs. They will simply shift gears and begin deploying mass roadblocks targeting ‘substance impaired’ drivers with swab kits. If you drive on a public road you automatically consent to waiving your 4th and 5th amendment rights.

  31. “There are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks”

    Useless metrics are useless.

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