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Michael Capasso Biography

Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Officer
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"

“Each of us put in 20 or more years in the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement entities. And both of us realize that marijuana prohibition is a failed drug policy that should end.

Prohibition doesn’t keep marijuana off our streets or decrease use. And it certainly doesn’t keep marijuana out of the hands of teens. But prohibition does result in billions of dollars in profits flowing to drug cartels. This drug money fuels lavish lifestyles among drug lords and deadly violence among rival cartels aiming to protect smuggling territory and street corners.

We have seen the consequences of America’s marijuana prohibition policies. It is long past time to allow adults to legally buy marijuana. Taxation and strict regulation should be the mantra when it comes to marijuana. Now that we are retired from the DEA, we can speak out and say that marijuana should be taxed and regulated to keep profits from ruining our streets and causing mayhem south of the border.”

“Arguments Filed in Support of the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act,” available at, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Financial Crimes Unit Chief, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Feb. 2012-Sep. 2015
  • Major Drug Squad Supervisor, DEA, 2009-2012
  • Special Operation Coordinators, DEA, 2006-2009
  • Enforcement Group Supervisor, DEA, 2004-2006
  • Resident Agent in Charge, DEA, 2000-2004
  • Assistant Country Attaché for the DEA, US Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Senior Special Agent, DEA, 1995-1998
  • Special Agent, DEA, 1991-1995
  • Special Agent, US Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service, 1987-1991
  • BA, Criminal Justice, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, 1985
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