Former DEA Agent Patrick Moen — whose career with the Drug Enforcement Administration went up in smoke when he joined the lucrative legal marijuana industry.
Moen is the second DEA agent with Oregon ties to make the once-unthinkable jump to the marijuana industry. Paul Schmidt, who once served as the highest-ranking DEA agent in Oregon, then after working as a state inspector of medical pot dispensaries in Colorado is now working as a medical marijuana business consultant.
Schmidt, who testified as a federal drug agent in marijuana cases throughout the region, including Washington, Colorado and Wyoming, said he saw marijuana as the “least of the evils”
Really he saw $$$$$$$$$ signs in his head!
Next month Schmidt will hold a series of seminars around the state advising prospective medical marijuana retailers about Oregon's new dispensary law. The $95 per-person seminars will include "fresh perspectives on the developing cannabis market," according to the flier.
Moen, for his part, told The Seattle Times he has not used marijuana in the last 20 years.
Is he saying more than 20 yrs ago he used cannabis?
Sounds to me like he was a pot smoker turned DEA...WTF!
Now after putting people in jail for pot for many years he is now in the Cannabiz.
"It's extremely ironic," said Hilary Bricken, a Seattle-based marijuana business lawyer. "You go from cracking skulls to supporting the very effort that you once vowed to entirely destroy.
“It is disappointing when law enforcement officers, sworn to uphold the laws of the United States with honor, courage and integrity, abandon their commitment to work in an industry involved in trafficking marijuana,” Seattle-based DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Barnes told Reuters.
Do you think this will help protect them for legal troubles?
Do you think he still talks to the other members of the DEA?
Talk about having the DEA on your payroll..LOL
In the old days we would refer to this as paying off the cops.
In this case no bribe is needed, just put them on the payroll easy-peasy.