Belita Nelson told doctors and nurses at a Colorado conference that “Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up.”
Nelson was hired by the DEA in 1998, and her chief job was propaganda. “I was having fun, I was very good at my propagandist job—I was the chief propagandist for the DEA,” she said.
Nelson went on to represent the DEA’s stance in the international media arena, including Oprah Winfrey, promoting the dangers of cannabis. But in 2000, a close friend was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and after rounds of chemo, Nelson wanted to help ease his suffering.
Going home to her teenage son at the time, Nelson admits asking him if he could find marijuana for her. “Even if the DEA is behind my name I am not willing to sit here and watch my friend die,” she said.
By 2004, Nelson resigned from the DEA. It was her choice after realizing the DEA knowingly kept cannabis from the public although the medicinal benefits were obvious.
“[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?’”
Nelson 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!”
Despite the influx of scientific and medical evidence supporting the benefits of cannabis use for a range of ailments, including epilepsy, the DEA continue to espouse their anti-cannabis stance; the drug is still listed as a Class I Schedule illicit substance, along with heroin, ecstasy and LSD.
Although western nations are gradually accepting the literature that is rising to the top of the truth pile, (Australia has just finished establishing a cannabis farm for medicinal use, and Canada is seriously considering legalizing the drug across the nation for private and medical use), the DEA still digs its heels in, refusing to budge their position.
“Gradually, I came out of my shell and that dark place I had been because of what I had experience and what I had seen… If you think the DEA are the good guys, they are not. They are really not. We are talking corruption on steroids,” Nelson said at the end of the conference.
The DEA are only in this for the money.