White House Attorney to be Next DEA Chief

The Trump administration plans to name Uttam Dhillon, a deputy White House counsel, as the next head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Uttam Dhillon.

The plan to have Dhillon lead the DEA comes after Robert Patterson, the current chief, announced earlier this month that he’s leaving the DEA after spending 30 years with the agency. According to the Washington Post, Dhillon played a key role in internal discussions surrounding the firing of FBI director James B. Comey. He’s expected to begin his role at the DEA next week.

In addition to previously serving as a federal prosecutor in LA, Dhillon has worked at the Department of Justice and is a former lawyer for the House Financial Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.

Unfortunately when it comes to the issue of marijuana prohibition and the drug war, Dhillon’s stance on the issue is, in a big way, irrelevant: Under federal law the DEA chief is legally required to oppose the legalization of any substance that’s currently illegal.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

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